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THE PILGRIM 



VOL. 18 



JANUARY, 1971 N0 - 1 



"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." 1 Peter 2: 1 1 



ANOTHER YEAR 

God gives to you another year 

A year of hours and days; 
And as you wait its unknown tasks > 

And face its unknown ways,-' 
Lol every hour some treasure holds 

And every day new joy unfolds. 

A fragment of eternity 

In which to gain and give; 
So many days and weeks and months 

To love and laugh and live. . . .. .... u , 

What shall those minted minutes buy? 

How will you spend them as they fly? 

They come all wrapped in silver moms 

That shade to golden noons, 
Tied round with strings of jeweled stars, 

Or sealed with mellow moons; 
If one brings cloudy skies and rain, 

A rainbow follows in its train. 

So all that comes of seeming ill, 

And all that you deem good, 
Are but God's thoughts of precious love 

When rightly understood. 
Another year, all fresh and new— 

This is His lovely gift to you. 

—Annie Johnson Flint 



"THE F*l I— G R I IV1 is a religious magazine published in the interests of the 
members of the Old Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $2.00 per year. Sample copies sent free 
on request. Publishing Editor: Leslie Cover; Consulting Editor: Daniel F. Wolf. 
ADDRESS: THE PILGRIM, ROUTE 2, BOX 874, SONORA, CALIF. 9573Q 



THOUGHTS FCp THE STW YEAR 



"The eternal God is thy refuge , and underneath are 
the everlasting arms..." —Deuteronomy 33:27 

As vie begin a new year it seems an appropriate time 
to take a look in both directions but mostly forward, 
A year is before us. It is a period of time for which 
we can plan and work. We cannot change the past but 
we can learn from it for the future. 

Our glance behind us can be kind of like an inven- 
tory. At the end of the year the merchants carefully 
count and list each item of stock on hand. This list 
(in some cases filling hundreds of pages) is important 
in determining the profit picture for the past year. 
It is also a basis for taxation by the government. 
There is a third use for an inventory that I think 
illustrates best our thoughts on the view of the past 
je&r. It is useful in weeding out unprofitable mer- 
chandise. If an item appears year after year on the 
inventory without being sold or "turned over" as it is 
called 3 the merchant knows it is unprofitable to keep. 
It is known as a "dog" and is usually disposed of even 
at a loss if necessary. 

As we look over our personal inventories, are we 
carrying dogs with us from year to year? These could 
be bad habits , unconfessed sins or unnecessary burdens. 
We must get rid of these by God's help whatever it may 
cost us. The cost is far greater to keep them. Every 
good merchant knows the "dogs" take up valuable space 
and tie up money that could be in use. Our bad habits, 
too, take valuable time and distract from our main 
purpose of serving our Lord. Idleness, complaining, 
coveting, gossipping, are all dogs and time wasters 
and will rob us of our peace and our service to God, 

An inventory also shows absences of some profitable 
items that should be on hand. As we inventory our 



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lives can we see the vacancies — the needs? . By prayer 
and studv of the Word, this can be a most profitable 
meditation. The dogs of idleness, sin and complaint 
can be replaced by service to God, holiness and praise. 
Replacing "dogs" with profitable merchandise is one of 
the basics of good business, and it can be most bene- 
ficial in the Christian life, too. 

Looking forward to the year ahead is where we can 
use the verse at the beginning of this article.. The 
thought is trust in God who knows no limitation cf 
years or of power. The past year has had its times of 
sorrow and disappointment for us all. . Perhaps the 
coming year will have some of the same.. But the eter- 
nal God is; thy rfL J i?^>„iL n ^ underneath & r e the ever- 
lasting arms . When I carry one of my children in my 
arms, I sometimes am very conscious that he^*e is some- 
one I really like. I love him. He looks like me. 
And he needs me. Is it possible that our God has 
thoughts such as these about us? I believe He does. 
There are many scriptures that tell us so* "Like as 
a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pj.tieth 
them that fear him. 11 (Psalms 102:13) "If ye then, being 
evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, 
how much more shall your father which is in heaven 
give good things to them that ask him? 11 (katthew 7:11) 
"For God so loved the world..." We could list many 
more. 

According to the dictionary, "refuge" is a shelter 
or protection from danger or distress; an asylum or 
place where one is safe or protected; a sanctuary or 
retreat. When we have the eternal God for our refuge 
we can surely trust that whatever happens to us in 
this world, it is still well with us. In a sense we 
are refugees fleeing the dangers and hostilities of 
the world to our refuge who is Christ. We are safe as 
travelers through this country as long as we put our 
trust in our Saviour. But there is hostile land here — 
territory that is under the control of the adversary. 
These are the areas of sin, worldly pleasures, care- 
lessness, idleness. From these areas we flee for refuge 



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in the Lord. This is the meaning of Colossians 2:12, 
13: "Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made 
us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the 
saints in light: Who hath delivered us from, the power 
of darkness , and hath translated us into the kingdom 
of his dear Son." 

This coming 3'ear is divided into months, weeks > days, 
hours, minutes and seconds. We cannot change last 
year. And, in a sense, the future never comes. So we 
are concerned with the seconds and minutes of "now"; 
this hour, this day. Behold "now" is the accepted 
time; behold "now" is the day of salvation. Let us 
flee from the power of darkness and cast off the use- 
less items on our inventories and put on the Lord Jesus 
Christ. As Paul says in Hebrews 12, "Let us lay aside 
every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset 
us, and let us run with patience the race that is set 
before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher 
of our faith." — L.C. 



HAPPY SPIRITS 

Death shall not destroy my comfort; 
Christ shall guide me through the gloom; 
Down He r ll send some angel convoy 
To convey my spirit home. 

Jordon's streams shall not o f erf low me 
• While my Saviour's at my side; 
Canaan, Canaan lies before me; 
Rise amid the swelling tide. 

Smiling angels now surround me, 
Troops resplendant fill the skies; 
Glory shining all around me 
While my happy spirit flies. 

Jesus clad in dazzling splendor 
Now methinks appears in view; 



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Brethren could you see my Jesus, 
You would love and serve Him too. 

Soon with angels I 1 II be marching 
With bright glory on my brow: 
Who will share my blissful portion? 
Who will love my Saviour now? 

Selected by Orpha Barton 

This inspiring victory song selected by my dear 
afflicted sister comes close to the hearts of those 
who have suffered long, but being sustained by living 
faith and the comforts of God's promises, beam as 
beacon liphts alon? life's rugged pathway. 

All who have read Jesus 1 account of poor, suffering 
Lazarus, the beggar laid at the ri^.h man's gate, may 
marvel how Jesus lifts the curtain surrounding his 
death, who in the midst of his miserable condition as 
he closed his eyes in death, was so kindly, so wonder- 
fully carried by the angels to the land of rest — 
Abraham's Bosom, 

This revelation inspired the writing of this song. 
It is the light shining in the valley and shadow of 
death: "For Thou art with me. TI It shows that "The 
vale of death by tempests riven; The way of life, the 
gate to Heaven" is the meeting place or the dividing 
line between death and life* And again, regarding the 
angels, this question we accept as fact: "Are they 
not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for 
them who shall be heirs of salvation?" (Hebrews 1:14) 

It may be that the same angels (ministering spirits) 
who behold our ways and doings here, who see us as 
we kneel to God in prayer pleading for help, for mercy, 
and forgiveness, may be the same holy beings that help 
all the way, even to the land of rest and peace. 

Many have been the writings inspired by this divine 
revelation. Many a poor suffering mortal has been 
comforted near deathfe door to look ahead in these dark 
hours to see the lifted curtain, for Heaven's glory 
shines through. — J, I. Cover Sonora, California 



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REPENTANCE 

EEPENTANCE is the first call of the Gospel, and the 
first exercise of faith toward God of the sinner coming 
to Jesus Christ for salvation; and is inseparably re- 
lated to water baptism. 

In the first chapter of St. Mark we read: n The be- 
ginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; 
as it is written in the prophets, Behold, I send my 
messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way 
before thee. The voice of one crying in the wilderness, 
Prepare ye the way of the Lord, Make his paths straight. 
John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the bap- 
tism of repentance for the remission of sins. And 
there went out unto him all the land of Judea, and they 
of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river 
of Jordan, confessing their sins." (Mark 1:1-5) 

Jesus began His ministry by preaching repentance: 
M Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into 
Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 
and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of 
God is at hand: Repent ye, and believe the gospel. " 
(Mark 1:14,15} 

Jesus sent forth the twelve to preach the gospel of 
the kingdom of heaven, and Mark 6:12 says, "They went 
out and preached that men should repent.' 1 

When the multitude cried out on the day of Pentecost, 
because of their guilt, the apostle Peter answered them, 
Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of 
Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall 
receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." 

The apostle Paul preached to the men of Athens that 
God now commands men everwhere to "Repent." 

And in His last message to the churches of Asia, 
Jesus commanded each of them, of whom He had "somewhat 
against them," that they should "Repent." 

So we see that the New Testament opens and closes 
with the doctrine of REPENTANCE. Perhaps our minds' 
first reaction to the doctrine of repentance is to 
think of hardened sinners and gross wickedness. Vie 



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may think of the drunkard, or the fornicator, or of 
some who take the name of God in vain; of the wicked 
rich man who would not feed a poor starving Lazarus. 
We may think of Simon who thought the "gift of God' 1 
could be purchased with money, or of Saul of Tarsus 
persecuting the church, or of David killing Uriah and 
taking his wife. 

Most certainly all such characters and deeds have 
the wrath of God abiding on them, except they repent. 
But there is another area in which the doctrine of 
repentance applies to a different type of character, 
and one which is not readily understood, but when un- 
derstood, reveals to us more clearly the righteousness 
of God. 

Here it may be helpful to give some definition of 
the word R5PENT. In every instance in which it is 
used in the Eible, it indicates a turning about or a 
change of course or purpose. Sorrow alone is not re- 
pentance. Repentance will include sorrow for past 
wrongs, but to sorrow only and make no change is not 
repenting. 

The apostle Paul says, (II Corinthians 7:10) "For 
godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be 
repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.' 1 
It is said that repentance consists in the turning of 
the soul from a state of selfishness to benevolence 3 
from disobedience to God's law to obedience to it. 
Also it Is said that impenitence is taking side with 
all sinners against God. If these sayings are true, 
then how utterly impossible to serve God until we have 
repented. No wonder that John said to some who came 
to his baptism without confessing their sins. n gen- 
eration of vipers, who hath warned you to flee the 
wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for 
repentance." 

Therefore in this area of the need for repentance 
we wish to consider the patriarch Job. God said of Job 
that he was perfect and upright, that he feared God and 
eschewed evil, so that there was none like him in all 
the earth. Yet it was this same Job who wisely said, 
after he had endured sore trials and temptations, "I 



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abhor myself and repent in dust and ashes*" - . 

Job was a man -of integrity and would not confess to 
sins which he. knew he had not committed. And he could 
not make such a- confession of utter self abasement and 
repentance until he could see himself in the presence 
and light of an Omnipotent God. .He says, "I know that 
thou canst do everything , and that no thought can be 
withholden from thee.' 1 He also said, "I uttered that 
I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which 
I knew not,' 1 

Job was not guilty of the sins which his . friends 
accused him of, and it would have been folly for him 
to confess to that which was not true* Perhaps he had 
always been a "good" man; perhaps he had always been 
able to choose his own way. He recounts many good 
deeds which he had doner he had "delivered the p^>or 
that cried-, and helped the fatherless." He was "eyes 
to the blind, and feet to the lame." He "caused the 
widow f . a heart to sing for joy," and he had "broken the 
jaws of the wicked and plucked the spoil from him," 
He had done all this when his "root was spread out by 
the waters," and his glory was fresh in him, when men 
waited for his words and kept silent at his counsel; 
when he chose out their way and sat "chief" and "dwelt 
as a king in the army," 

While men are in such positions, though they may do 
great and good deeds, they do not see themselves as 
God- sees them. Job, in his affliction, freely acknow- 
ledged the righteousness and power of GocL He did not 
wish to resist Him, and he knew it would be foolish and 
futile. He recognized God's ri-ht to exercise power 
over him. But we may judre from, his confession in the 
end that he did not see himself. Until that moment he 
may have believed in his own uprightness.. 

Job never lost faith in God, and that is what saved 
him. It was such a sustaining faith that he could say, 
"Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him." But be- 
fore he could realize the blessing of such a faith, it 
appears that it was necessary for God to lead him. to 
the place where he could see himself in the presence' 
of God and say, "I abhor mvself and re Dent in dust and 



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ashes. 11 

So every individual who would truly serve God must 
come to this place of repentance. Job believed God 
before he was afflicted, but apparently he had not 
learned the meaning of repentance. how the modern 
preachers ought to learn 'this lesson so they could lead 
sinners to Christ by way of repentance — God's way. 

In applying this doctrine to our own time and ex- 
perience , the question then arises: When good chil- 
dren of Christian parents wish to come to Christ, how 
shall they repent? What shall they repent of? They 
have not been wicked; they have not been' drunkards or 
fornicators or thieves or blasphemers. Some may not 
even be conscious of some of the "lesser 11 sins. They 
may have always been truthful and obedient to their 
parents. How, then, shall they "repent" of sins which 
they are not conscious of having committed? There are 
many "evangelists" today who do not teach them to re- 
pent./ They are .only taught to "believe". So that is 
perhaps why there are so many self-determined Chris- 
tians* 

' When we are old enough to understand and believe the 
Word of God, then we become aware of sin and its awful 
conseouences. All the woes and sorrows of earth are 
the result of sin. When we see the sorrows and suffer* 



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ing cf humanity and realise that it is because of sin, 
then truly we should become very sorry for sin and its 
results; and this sorrow for sin is the beginning of 
repentance. In so sorrowing we will want to turn away 
from all that is sinful and wrong. 

At the same time we also learn of the love of God 
for poor lost sinners and of His will and means to save 
them. "For God so loved the world that he gave his 
only begotten Son, that Whosoever believeth in him 
should not perish, "but have everlasting life. M What 
wonderful love is this I Should we not love this 
Saviour who gave His life to save the world? If we are 
truly sorry for *sin (and its results) we cannot but 
love the Saviour who died to save us from death and 
sin. I! Greater love hath no man than this, that a man 
lay down his life for his friends. Ye are, my friends 
if ye do whatsoever I command you." 

The world was, and Is, no friend "to Jesus. They 
hated Him and crucified Him. Jesus says, "They hated 
me without a cause." Are we, then, sorry for this 
great sin? If so, we are beginning to learn the mean- 
ing of repentance. Me want no part with those who 
crucified our Lord. We love Him the more and we seek 
to know how we may befriend Him. We thus begin to feel 
(in part) what God felt when He saw the whole world 
corrupted in sin. "And it repented God that- he -had 
made man, and he was grieved at his heart," God was 
righteous but He grieved because of sin. Can we then, 
of whom it is said, "There is none good, no not one, 
for all have sinned," sorrow for the same? 

Even though we may not have committed the deeds of 
all sinners, do we wish at all to be identified with - 
them? It is said that to repent is to change the 
choice or purpose. It is to choose a new END. 

Until we repent we are on the side of these who 
crucified our Lord, even though we did not do the deed. 
But if we remain there after we have the knowledge of 
sin, then it is because we choose to remain, and in 
choosing to remain with those who crucified the Lord, 
we consent to their deed, and in consenting we also be- 
come guilty. It is said that the sinner is at war with 



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God* Certainly we know that Satan is at war with God, 
and we want no part with him. 

Can I take part with those 

Who nailed Him to the tree? 
And where His name is never praised, 

Is there the place for me? 

Nay, world-! I turn away; 

Though thou seem fair and good, 
That friendly, outstretched hand of thine 

Is stained with Jesus T blood. 

If in thy least device 

I stoop to take a part, 
All unaware, thine influence steals 

God's presence from my heart, 

I miss my Saviour 1 s smile 

Whene r er I walk thy ways 
Thy laughter drowns the Spirit *s voice, 

And chokes the springs of praise. 

Whene'er I turn aside 

To join thee for an hour, 
The face of Christ grows blurred and dim, 

And prayer has lost its power. 

Farewell — Henceforth my place 

Is with the Lamb who died. 
My Sovereign I While I have Thy love 

What can I want beside? 

Thyself, blest Lord, art now 

My free and loving choice, 
In whom, though now I see Thee not, 

Believing, I rejoice, 

—Daniel F, Wolf 
Modesto, California 



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"MI TIMES ARE IN THY HAKDJ 1 
(Psalm 31:15) 

This expression of faith, attributed to David, comes 
to us out of a context dealing with uncertainty, trou- 
ble and persecution. 

His times doubtless referred to the years of his 
life, or to the working out of God*s purposes in the 
year by year course of his experience. Regardless of 
the perplexities, the will of God was the greatest 
single factor having to do with his life. 

Times mark off the changes, from youth to age, be- 
tween good and evil, joy and sorrow. When these chang- 
es are in the hands of God, and the human heart is re- 
sponsive to Him, they always mark progress. Sometimes 
the most clearly marked milestones in life are those 
associated with difficulties met and overcome. 

This is a statement of personal faith. When one so 
completely trusts another that the years and changing 
events in his life are entrusted into the hands of that 
person, It represents faith in its truest form. God 
is the absolutely trustworthy custodian of all our 
affairs. 

This is an act of self- surrender. It means to give 
one ! s life, with all its aspirations and purposes, over 
into the hands of God. Too much of our concern has to 
do with the kind of personal fulfillment we mark out 
for ourselves. We want to succeed financially or pro- 
fessionally. We secretly like to see our names written 
up somewhere. We crave to identify with the popular 
majority. But If our times are In God*s hands, we may 
not, after all, reach these personal aspirations. God 
makes no mistakes in His dealings with us, and sometimes 
He may know that we should experience a measure of 
failure. 

What does the coming year hold for me, for you? 
Wisely, God has not revealed the future to us in any 
detail, nor need we know. Anticipated success might 
turn our heads too soon. And it is best that sorrow 



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and tragf iy, when they come, are not a part of our 
foreknowledge. God would lead us in such ways that 
"our faith and hope might be in God." 

This year could well be the time of our Lord r s com- 
ing for His saints. The signs of the times (years) 
would indicate the nearness of His return. All doubt , 
carelessness, and worldly preoccupation but fulfill the 
predictions concerning the conditions of His coming. 
Those whose times are in His hand are those for whom 
He comes. 

Ward Shank in "The Sword and Trumpet" 



A NEW YEAR'S PRAYER 

Out from the busy hand of God 

The New Year comes to me, 
0, may I take it as a trust, 

To be kept for eternity! 
Pull well I know my record past 

Can never altered be. 

Out from the patient hand of God, 
Nowadays, how 'fast they fall! 

Help me, God, to fill them up 
With wisdom, patience, all 

The grace I need to do my tasks 
And answer to Thy call. 

Out from the holy hand of God, 
Fresh days, so pure, so bright! 

Help me, my Father, keep them fair 
By living always right. 

No- unkind words, no loveless acts, 
To dim their sacred light. 

Out from the loving hand of God, 
Glad days, the gifts of lovei 

Help me to walk through all their hours 
Kith loving heart, and prove 

To Thee, my Father, and to men 
A mind like that above. 

—Selected from "The Vindicator" 



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HISTORICAL 
The Spread of Christianit}^ to Germany 

The History of Germany before 1871 is not the history 
of a nation but rather that of a number of tribes. 
Included in the area we refer to as Germany were re- 
gions known as Bavaria, Hesse, Frisia, Thuringia, and 
Saxony. Before conversion to Christianity the Germans 
worshipped physical forces and objects as gods. For 
example, they deified" fire, water, earth," trees, etc. 

The Christian religion began to reach Germany cen- 
turies before the coming of Christian missionaries. 
Teutons who lived near the southern borders and those 
engaged in trade with the Roman world were influenced 
by the teaching of Christianity. Soon most of southern 
Germany professed Christianity. However, many pagan 
rites and religious observances remained. The church 
was poorly organized and the clergy unstable. 

Winfrith Boniface receives credit for establishing 
securely the church in Germany and extending it north 
into pagan territory. Born in England, Boniface entered 
a monastery as a "boy. He was ordained at thirty but 
turned down an opportunity to head his monastery and 
entered the missionary field. The pope sent Boniface 
to Germany in 719 and he began to work his way north, 
baptising many as he went. One of the best known 
stories of his success took place in Hesse, the area 
where he first began his work. At Geismar in central 
Germany he succeeded in overcoming the pagan religion 
by cutting down a tall oak tree which was held sacred 
to Thor, god of thunder. Before he completed the 
destruction, a gust of wind thrust the tree to the 
ground and broke it into four pieces. This display 
of power convinced many of the terrified spectators 
that Boniface" ! s God was indeed superior to their gods. 

Christianitjr spread rapidly in Hesse, and Boniface 
turned his attention to Thuringia, east of Hesse. 
Here the existing church was a mixture of Christianity 
and paganism. Boniface worked for a number of years 



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to establish and organize it* Many missionaries came 
from England to serve under him, and soon monasteries 
were being established in Hesse and Thuringia. 

After a brief return to Rome, Boniface went to Ba- 
varia in what is now Southern Germany. There he again 
re-organized an existing church* As a result of his 
efforts, a strong church was established for Roman 
Catholicism in the Rhine Valley and in central and 
southern Germany. Most of these areas are still pre- 
dominately Roman Catholic. 

Boniface was martyred in 754, having not completely 
realized his goal of bringing the gospel to all of the 
Germanic tribes. English priests continued to press 
northward. With the coming of Charlemagne to the 
Prankish throne, Christianity was extended to the 
Frisians in Northwest Germany. Christian missions 
were Charlemagne's way of extending his power and 
boundaries. 

The northmost area of Germany, Saxony, was the . ^ 
last to be converted. Two English priests attempted 
to reach the Saxons but were martyred shortly after 
their arrival in the area by Saxons who felt that re- 
ligious conversion would mean the end of their poli- ■ 
tical independence. When Saxony was finally converted 
it was by armed force as well as by missionary teach- 
ing and example. In spite of this, the Saxons became 
great champions of Christianity against the Scandina- 
vians, Magyars and Slavs of northern Europe. 

— Glen and Lois Shirk 
Stockton, California 



BIRTH 

WAGNER — A son, Edward Clay, born to Joseph and Letha 
Wagner of Modesto, California on December 28, 1970. 

Doctors tell us that hating people can cause ulcers, 
heart attacks, headaches, skin rashes and asthma. And 
it doesn't make the people you hate feel too good either. 
■ ■ — Selected 



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CHILDREN'S PAGE 
"Behold I make all things NEW," (Rev. 21:5) 

A new year has begun and it will not be long till we 
see new buds, new flowers, new leaves and new grass. 
All nature seems to renew itself over and over as the 
years go by. This is a characteristic of God who has 
the secret cf life, and even among nature where we see 
all things die, there is a renewal and a continuation 
of life. 

Since Jesus came into the world we have a new hope, 
Jesus brought unto us a new doctrine. We can become 
new creatures by taking part in a new and living way: 
a new way that Jesus teaches — that if we will learn of 
Him we can live forever in a place where there will 
never be anything that will get old and die. 

There will be a new heaven and n new earth where 
those who live there will sing a raw song and have a 
new name and live in a New Jerusalem. 

Jesus says, "A new commandment I write unto you 
that ye love one another." Right now we can decide 
to have Jesus for our new Master. He can give us a 
new life, a new goal and a new attitude toward others. 
We can change hate into love, getting into giving and 
living for self into living for others. He can change 
us so that we can become new persons that some day 
Jesus will take us to a new heaven wherein dwelleth 
righteousness. "Today Is the day of salvation." Some- 
thing the world had never known is here; it is now 
available. "Today if you will hear His voice, harden 
not your hearts." Come to Jesus and He will give you 
a new outlook — something really worth living for — a 
new and beautiful life— a well of water springing up 
within you unto everlasting life. 

This new year may we all make a new effort to start 
a new life for Jesus — Jesus who can make all things 
new eternally. 

— Rudolph E. Cover 



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VOL* 18 FEBRUARY, 1971 NO. 2 



"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul/ 1 Peter 2: 1 1 



WHAT WILL YOU DO WITH JESUS? 

Jesus is standing in Pilate's hall — 
Friendless , forsaken , betrayed by all: 
Hearken 1 what meaneth the sudden call I 
What will you do with Jesus? 

Jesus is standing on trial still, 
Yen can be false to Him if you will, 
You c^n be faithful through good or ill; 
What will you do with Jesus? 

Will you evade Him as Pilate tried? 
Or will you choose Him, whatever betide? 
Vainly you struggle from Him to hide: 
What will you do with Jesus? 

Will you like Peter, your Lord deny? 
Or will you scorn from His foes to fly 9 
Daring for Jesus to live or die? 
What will you do with Jesus? 

" Jesus, I give Thee my heart today I 
Jesus, I 1 11 follow Thee all the way, 
Gladly obeying The el" will you say: 
"This will I do with Jesus I" 

What will you do with J.esus? 
Neutral you cannot- be; 
Someday your heart will be asking, 
"What will He do with mei" 

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LET BROTHERLY LOVE CONTINUE 
Hebrews 13:1 

Brotherly love Is basic to the Christian faith* It 
is so important that the Apostle John writes (I John 
4:20), tl If a man say, I love God, and hateth his 
brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his 
brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom 
he hath not seen? 11 V.hat does it mean to have this 
brotherly love? If It is so important we should try 
our best snd pray earnestly to understand and possess 
it. 

Br otherly love means brotherly kin dne ss * In the 
listTof Christian attributes, the Apostle Peter writes 
to add to godliness, brotherly kindness. This de- 
scribes the way we treat each other — our communication 
and conversation. Lphesians 4:32 says, n And be ye 
kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one 
another, even as God for Christ 1 s sake hath forgiven 
^ou. n This is a good reason for being kind and for- 
giving. We actually owe a debt of kindness because 
God through Jesus Christ has forgiven us so much. 

Jesus is our perfect example of kindness. Out- 
standing among His many acts of kindness are His 
dealings with the woman taken in adultery and with the 
sinful woman who washed His feet with tears and wiped 
them with the hairs of her head. Jesus was kind to 
both these women as He forgave their sins and gave 
them hope and peace even as their fellowmen were 
hostile and condemning. 

We may be inclined to think of kindness as coming 
from one who is greater to one who is younger or in- 
ferior. We think of being kind to animals, to child- 
ren and to poor and handicapped ones. It is human 
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those around us. But we reveal how small we really 
are if we feel superior and yet fail to show kindness. 
A truly "great" person is one who is truly kind. 

Brotherly love means servi ce to one anothe r. Paul 
writes to the Galations (6:277 "Bear ye one another's 
burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ." He is 
probably referring to the law of love Jesus gave His 
disciples (John 13t34)> "A new commandment I give unto 
you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, 
that ye also love one another." The love Jesus had 
for us sent Him to Calvary In a supreme act of service 
to men when He bore the burden of the sins of the world. 
"Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sor- 
rows... and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity 
of us all." ( Isaiah 53:4,6) 

^ r e can bear one another T s burdens h^ r praying for 
each other. I have heard it said that we cannot hold 
hatred for one we are earnestly praying for. No doubt 
it is conversely true also: we cannot earnestly pray 
for one we hate. Prayer changes us besides benefitting 
the one prayed for, as the scripture says, "The effec- 
tual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." 
(James 5:16) It has been suggested that for best re- 
lations with others, strangers included, we should 
silently pray for them as we meet them. We can ask 
God to help them with their problems even though we 
do not know what they are, God does know. I am sure 
this works. It puts one in the right attitude to un- 
derstand and help. 

Probably most of us have experienced helping and 
being helped by others materially or financially, This 
help or service is one proof of brotherly love. I have 
received help at times when it seemed to me to prove 
the love of my brethren more than many words and wishes. 

A story is told called "Pop's Prayers", A family 
in the congregation had some misfortunes, and a number 
had gathered at their home to pray for them. Soon a 
wagon pulled up and a boy came in and announced that 
"Pop can't come over but he sent his prayers." The 
rest thought he was joking until he asked them to come 



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and help him unload "Fop's prayers 11 which consisted of 
sacks of potatoes and food this family really needed. 
This little story is related not to ridicule or dis- 
credit the power of prayer but to show the value of 
Christian brotherly love demonstrated by real help and 
' service. 

Besides the cleansing symbolized in the ordinance 
of feet washing, there is a strong symbol of humble 
service to our brethren. Jesus told His disciples, 
"If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your 
feet; ye also ought to wash one another* s feet* 11 Some 
explain that to humbly serve one another fulfils the 
intentions of the Lord when He gave? this instruction. 
But the act of stooping to wash each other's feet is 
in itself an experience of humble service to our bro- 
ther, and we can be happy In doing it. This should 
encourage and teach us to serve each other daily as 
well. 

Brotherly love means faithfulness to each other . 
This faithfulness can refer to a lifetime of friend- 
ship and mutual trust. It means this but it has a 
daily meaning as well. Let us not betray our brethren 
by words of gossip or criticism to others. A verse of 
a Negro spiritual written, I believe', by the contem- 
porary composer, Jester Hairston, goes like this: 

Gossip, gossip, evil thing, 

Much unhappiness it bring; 

If you can't say somethin' nice, 

"Don't talk at all" is my advice. 
The Lord gave us the Holy Kiss as a symbol of faith- 
fulness. Judas betrayed the Lord with, a kiss in a 
gross perversion of this symbol. He kissed Jesus in 
an act of unfaithfulness. But it is intended to be a 
true symbol of our love and faithfulness and confidence 
in each other. May it never become commonplace, habit- 
ual or worthy our shame. May it ever be a fresh sym- 
bol and a fresh promise of brotherly love and faith- 
fulness — a kiss of charity. 

Brothe rly love constitutes a witness to the world . 
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disciples, if ye have love one to another.' 1 This is 
perhaps the most important part of our witness. We 
can talk, we can work, we can dress a certain way, we 
can contribute to the poor — and these are good to do. 
But it is b^ our love for each other that the world 
will know we belong to Jesus. From the scriptures we 
can conclude that if we do not have brotherly love, we 
do net belong to Him. 

11 He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his 
brother, is in darkness even until now. He that loveth 
his brother abideth in the light, and there is none 
occasion of stumbling in him. But he that hateth his 
brother Is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and 
knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness 
hath blinded his eyes." (I John 2:9-11) 

"But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I 
write unto vou: for ye yourselves are taught of God tp 
love one another. And Indeed ye do it toward all the 
brethren which are in Macedonia: but we beseech you, 
brethren, that ye increase more and more." (I Thessa- 
lonians 4:9,10) 

"Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he. 
loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for 
our sins. Beloved , if God so loved us, we ought also 
to love one another." (I John 4' 10,11) — L.C. 



BELIEVE 

"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt 
be saved." (Acts 16:31) 

This text is no boubt claimed by more professing. 
Christians to pin their hope of heaven upon than any 
other text. When we say we believe something in earth- 
ly things, we act according to that which we believe. 
When we want a certain crop to grow, we would not sow 
any seed but the kind of crop we expect to harvest; 
we would not sow oats and expect corn to grow. 

Only by our actions can we say what we believe. 
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can 1 t hear what we say. 11 

The word believe was translated from the Greek word 
"pisteuo". We are told there is no single English 
word which would fully mean "pisteuo", but the word 
"believe" was the nearest to it, so this is what the 
English translators used. The word "pisteuo" means 
"to adhere to, cleave to, to trust in, to have faith 
in, to rely on." The only way we can rightly use the 
word "believe" is to act accordingly. 

Jesus tells us, "He that believeth and is baptised 
shall be saved."' In no way can we say that it is un- 
necessary to be baptized. Neither can we say that be- 
ing baptized is all that is neceasary to be saved, but 
only when we are obedient to all of His word can we 
truly say we believe. 

Jesus said, "It is written, that man shall not live 
by bread alone, but by every word of God*" A true be- 
lievers' goal is nothing less than to be obedient to 
all His teaching. 

To be obedient to God's word means more than mere 
form. We can be baptized, we can wash the saints' 
feet, we can have the outward form of love, practice 
the salutation, and keep ourselves unspotted from the 
world in outward form, etc., and still not be obedient 
to God r s word. We feel these are all necessary and 
that they are needed to be obedient to God, but if 
they are not motivated from a heart of love, they will 
avail nothing. 

We believe the Scribes and Pharisees thought they 
were obedient to God. They had the form but not the 
spirit, and Jesus says that if our righteousness does 
not exceed the righteousness of the Scribes and Phari- 
sees, w r e are in no way acceptable to Him. Only when 
we use righteous judgment and act accordingly can we 
truly say we believe. 

— Kenneth Martin 
Napannee, Indiana 

A pessimist is one who finds a difficulty in every 
opportunity. An optimist Is one who finds an oppor- 
tunity in every difficulty. — Selected 



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I AM NOT ASHAMED 

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for 
It is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that 
belie veth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 

"For therein is the righteousness of God revealed 
from faith to faith; as it is written, The just shall 
live by faith." (Romans 1:16,17) 

Outstanding , fearless and bold is brother Paul's 
declaration of his convictions and policy regarding 
Jesus and His Word. We admire his courage , that in 
the midst of his conflicts, persecutions and triumphs 
he could hand down such sublime statements that so 
closely correspond to his daily life of travel and im- 
prisonments: a faithful and true witness for God and 
His living Word. 

We desire to explore the above verses and take this 
heading, "I ! m not ashamed 1 ' as a beginning. 

It gives us comfort to have such a great cloud of 
witnesses who have shown their courage and loyalty to 
Gcd.and His living Word, to stand out and not be 
ashamed of their witnessing for Him. And we too can 
take up this challenge of shame that comes to us all 
that we can attain to that feeling of near association 
with God and defy all the shameful hosts of sin. 

We read, "And hope maketh not ashamed; because the 
love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy 
Ghost which is given unto us." (Romans 5:5) And, "ac- 
cording to my earnest expectation, and mj hope, that 
in .nothing shall I be ashamed, but with all boldness, 
as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my 
body, whether it be by life, or by death. (Philippians 
1:20) 

By hope in God for His blessings, of love shed a- 
broad In our hearts,. by His answering our prayers for 
help, and by His working in us "both to will and to do 
of his good pleasure," we may have confidence and not 
be ashamed before Him at His coming. (I John 2:28) 

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and live for Him and be "Looking for that blessed hope, 
and the glorious appearing of the great God, and our 
Saviour Jesus Christ." (Titus 2:13) 

Jesus became M sin for us that knew no sin, that we 
might be made the righteousness of God in Him." They 
beat, reviled, and mocked Him, "toho for the joy that 
was set before Him endured the cross, despising the 
shame, and is set down at the right hand- of . the throne 
of God," (Hebrews 12:2) 

But it v/as not a shame for Him to take the sinner *s 
place and be made sin for us. It was. the noblest act 
of .His life to also die for us that we might live. 
Let us realize that when He died for us and. said, " 
" Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit/ 1 and bow- 
ing His head died, all this seeming shame fell a*way. 
The centurien said, ""Truly this man was the Son of God." 
"Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified 
God saying, Certainly this was a righteous man." And 
all the people that came together on that sight, be- 
holding the things that were done, smote their breasts, 
and returned. They slunk away in shame at the awful 
deed they had done. Here was revealed the dying Lamb 
of God taking away the sin of the world, and no shame 
rested upon Him. 

The dying thief was not ashamed to speak for Him 
and he received salvation. 

So Jesus Christ and Him crucified becomes our song 
of praise. "Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of 
me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful 
generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed 
when he cometh in the glory of his Father with* the holy 
angels." (Mark 8:38) "And now little children, abide 
in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have con- 
fidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming." 
(I John 2:28) 

I'm not ashamed to follow on 

The way that my dear Lord has gone; 

I T m not ashamed to live for Him 

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I T m not ashamed dear ones to greet, 
I'm not ashamed to wash their feet, 

I T m not ashamed of humble ways 

Where Jesus leads, to Him be praise. 

I'm not. ashamed to sing, of Him 
Who met for me those forces grim. 

Who tripped me up in Eden' 1 s" grove; 
I'm not ashamed of His dear love. 

I'm not ashamed the cross to bear; 

I'm not ashamed His shame to share; 
I f m not ashamed of Calvary 

And Him who died upon the tree. 

I'm not ashamed plain clothes to wear. 
For God has promised garments fair: 

The whitest robes of Righteousness 
To be my own, my shining dress. 

I'm not ashamed to kneel in prayer 
And cast on Him my every care; 

My Jesus in the garden kneels , 
My pardon, my redemption seals. 

But I'm ashamed when I, astray, 

Forget my place and slight the "way; 

His pardon plead; I hide my face 
Under the apron of His grace. 

I'm not ashamed I shed some tears — 
Repent of sin — my conscience clears; 

He loved me. then; He loves me now 5 
And at His feet I humbly bow. 

And when I see His loving face 

And all the wonders of that place; 

0, amy I then in rapture see 
That He is not ashamed of me. 

— J. I. Cover 

Sonora, California 



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PREFACE TO ST. PAUL'S 
EPISTLE TO THE BOlklS 

Martin Luther 

This Epistle fully deserves that every Christian 
should know it by heart, word for word, and should feed 
upon it every day, as daily bread for his soul. It 
cannot be read toe often nor too deeply pondered, and 
the mere It is studied the more precious and sweet to 
the taste does it become. 

Therefore will I also do my part, with all the power 
that God has given me, to prepare the way by this lit- 
tle Preface, so that everyone rmj come to a right un- 
derstanding of this Epistle. For it has hitherto been 
miserably obscured by glosses and all manner of idle 
talk, although it is in Itself a shining light, almost 
sufficient to elluminate every part of the Holy Scrip- 
tures, 

In the first place, we must learn to understand the 
language which is here used, and must know what St. 
Paul means by the words Law, Sin, Grace, Faith, Right- 
eousness, Flesh, Spirit, and the like. Otherwise, all 
our reading of the Epistle will be in vain. 

The little word, LAM, is not to be understood here 
in the ordinary sense, as teaching what things are to 
be done and what things are not to be done, as in the 
case of human laws, whose demards are met by outward 
works, with which the heart may have nothing to do, 
God judges according to the depths of the heart. His 
law, therefore, requires the whole heart, and is not 
satisfied with outward works, but, on the contrary, 
condemns as hypocrisy and lies the works which are done 
without the whole heart. Therefore, all men are called 
liars (Psalms 116:11) because no one keeps the law of 
God, or can keep it, with the whole heart; for everyone 
finds in himself an aversion to that which is good, and 
an inclination toward that which is evil. Now where 
there is no free Inclination toward that which is good, 
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and there also are certainly to be found sin and an "in- 
curring of the wrath of God, even though there may be 
outwardly the appearance of many good works and an . 
honorable life. . . 

For although thou dost outwardlir keep the law by 
thy works from fear of punishment or love or reward , 
yet thou doest it all without free inclination toward 
the law or love. for it^ but with aversion and under 
constraint and would^t. rather do otherwise if it were 
not for the law.. It follows from this that thou art 
at heart an enemy of the law. What does it profit , 
then, that thou teachest others not to steal whilst 
thou art thyself at heart a thief, and wouldst gladly 
be one outwardly if thou wast not afraid? although 
even the outward works are not commonly performed for 
any length of time by such hypocrites. Thus thou teach- 
est others, but not thyself. Thou dost not even thy- 
self know what thou teachest, and hast never yet right- 
ly understood the law. Yea, further, the law but in- 
creases sin, as the apostle says in chapter five, (v. 20) 
because a man but grows the more hostile to the law the 
more it reouires of him that which he cannot perform. 

Therefore St. Paul says, in the seventh chapter 
(7:14) j that the law is spiritual. What does this mean? 
If the law is carnal (bodily), it could be satisfied 
with works. But now, since it is .spiritual, no one can 
meet its requirements, unless everything which he does 
proceeds from the depths of his heart. But such a 
heart can no one give but the Spirit of God, who con- 
forms man to the law, so that he becomes cordially in- 
clined toward the law, and thenceforth does all things, 
not from fear or compulsion, but with a willing heart. 
It is thus that the law is spiritual, . because it must 
be Icved and obeyed b3^ such a spiritual heart and der* 
mands such a spirit. Where this spirit does. not. dwell 
in the heart, there remains sin, with aversion and 
hostility toward the law, although the law is good and 
just and holy. 

Accustom thyself, therefore , to the thought, that 
it is one thing to do the works of the law, and a very 



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different thing to fulfill the law. The. works, of the 
law consist in everything which man does, or can do, in 
conformity to the law by his free will and his own 
strength* But since, alonf with and beneath such, works, 
there remain in the heart aversion to the law and only 
a compulsory submission to it, such works are all of 
no avail nor benefit. This is what St. Paul means when 
he says, in -chapter 3, verse 20: !t By the works of the 
law no man becomes righteous before God." 

Thou seest from this that the Scholastics and Soph- 
ists" are deceivers, when they teach men that they can 
by works prepare themselves for grace. How can. he by 
works prepare himself for that which is good,. who per- 
forms no good work without unwillingness and aversion 
in his heart? How can the work which proceeds from an 
unwilling and rebellious heart be pleasing. to God? 

But to fulfill the law is to do with willingness and 
love the works which the law requires, and freely and 
without constraint of the law to lead an upright and 
godly life, as if. there were no law and no penalty for 
disobedience. But such a willingness and free love for 
the law is bestowed upon the heart by the Holy Spirit, 
as the apostle says In the fifth chapter (V. 5}» But 
the Spirit is not given, as he declares in the intro- 
duction to the Epistle, except in, with, and through. 
faith in Jesus Christ. So likewise faith cometh.not, 
except only through the Lord of God, or the Gospel, 
which preaches Christ, teaching that He Is the Son of 
God and Son of Man, slain and risen from the dead for 
our sakes. This is declared in chapter 3^ verse 25: 
"Whonr God hath set forth to be a propitiation through 
faith in *his blood;" in chapter 4,, verse 25: "Who was 
delivered for our offences, and raised again for our 
justification; 1 * and in chapter 10, verse 9: "And that 
if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, 
and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised 
him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." 

Hence it is that faith alone makes righteous 
(justifies) and fulfills the law, for it brings the 
Spirit through the merits of Christ. But the Spirit 
makes the heart free and willing, as the law requires; 



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and then good works proceed of themselves from faith. 
This is what he means in chapter three > where, after 
having entirely rejected the works of the law, it 
sounds as though he would abolish the law itself 
through faith, No, says he (v. 31.) , we establish the 
law through faith; that is, we fulfill it through 
faith. > . 

FAITH is not the human fancy and dream which some 
people mistake for faith. When such persons see that 
no amendment of the life and no good works follow, al- 
though they may hear and talk much about faith, they 
fall into error and declare that faith is not enough, 
but we must perform good works if- we would be pious 
and attain salvation. In consequence of this, when 
they hear the Gospel, they fall to work and frame for 
themselves by their own powers a notion in their hearts 
which says, I believe. This they then consider true 
faith. But as it is a human invention and notion, of 
which the heart in its depths finds out nothing, it 
accomplishes also nothing and no amendment of the life 
follows. 

But faith is a divine work in us, which transforms 
us and begets us anew from God (John 1:13) $ which cru- 
cifies the old Adam, makes us in heart, temper, dis- 
position, and in ail our powers entirely different men, 
and brings with it the Holy Spirit. 0, this faith is 
a living, busy, active, powerful thing I It is imposs- 
ible that it should not be ceaselessly doing that which 
is good. It does not even ask whether good works 
should be done; but before the question can be asked, 
it has done them, and it is constantly engaged in doing 
them. But he who does not do such works, is a man with- 
out faith. He gropes and casts about him to find faith 
and good works, not knowing what either of them is, and 
yet prattles and idly multiplies words about faith and 
^ood works. 

Faith is a living, well-founded confidence in the 
grace of God, so perfectly certain that it would die a 
thousand times rather than surrender its conviction. 
Such confidence and personal knowledge of divine grace 
makes its possessor joyful, bold, and full of warm 



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affection toward God and all created things — all of 
which the Holy Spirit works in faith. Hence , such a 
man becomes without constraint willing and eager to do 
good to everyone , to serve everyone , to suffer all man- 
ner of ills , in order to please and glorify God, who 
has shown toward him such grace* It is thus impossible 
to separate works from faith — yea, just as impossible 
as to separate burning and shining from fire. There- 
fore be on your guard against your own false notions 
and unprofitable babblings , ye who would be so wise in 
^our opinions about faith and good works , although you 
are the greatest fools. Pray God that He may work faith 
in you; otherwise you must remain forever without faith, 
whatever fancies you may invent and whatever works you 
may be able to perform. 

— Selected by Daniel F. Wolf 



"Strength of character may be acquired at work, but 
beauty of cha racter is learned at home. There the 
affections are trained. There the gentle life reaches 
us, the true heaven life. In one word, the family cir- 
cle is the supreme conductor of Christianity.' 1 

— Henry Drummond (Selected) 



NEW BOOK: "HEIRS OF THE PROMISE" 

"Heirs of the Promise", a sixty seven page book- 
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THINGS TO RWliHCR AND THINGS TO FORGET 

Fcrget each kindness that you do 

As soon as you have done it. 

Forget the praise that falls to you 

The moment you have won it. 

Forget the slander that you hear 

Before you repeat it. 

Forget each slight, each spite , each sneer , 

Wherever you may meet it. 

Remember every kindness done to you, 
Whatever Its measure. 
Remember praise by others won, 
And pass it on with pleasure. 
Remember every promise made 
And keep it to the letter. 
Remember those who lend ycu aid, 
And be a grateful debtor. 

Remember all the happiness 
That comes your way in living. 
Forget each worry and distress. 

Be hopeful and forgiving. 

Remember pood, remember truth, 

Remember Heaven 1 s above you, 

And you will find through age to youth, 

That many hearts will love you. 

Selected by Daniel and Thelma Wagner 



We search the world for truth. We cull 
The food, the true, the beautiful, 
From graven stone and written scroll, 
And all old flower-fields of the soul; 
And, weary seekers of the best. 
We come back laden from our quest, 
To find that all the sages said 
Is in the Book our mothers read. 
By John G. Whittier Selected by Mary Price 



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CHILDREN'S PAGE 
PETER PRAYS AND GOD ANSWERS Acts 9:36-42 

Jcppa was an old city on the seacoast of Palestine , 
about 35 miles from Jerusalem, It was here that Jonah 
tried to run away from God. About 800 years after 
Jonah , in this same city lived a good woman whose name 
was Dorcas. She was a Christian and had given much to 
the poor and helped wherever she could. She liked to 
sew and had been especially kind to widows and had 
given them clothes and coats that she made. One day 
Dorcas became very sick and died. 

When Christians which were in Joppa heard about 
Dorcas they sent for Peter who was in the town of Lydda. 
Peter had done great miracles in the name of Jesus and 
had just healed a man named Aeneas who had been in bed 
for eight years. Peter came to Jcppa, and, the disciples 
took him to the house where lay the body of Dorcas. 
When Peter entered the room, many widows and friends 
of Dorcas were there and they were weeping. They 
showed Peter their coats and dresses that Dorcas had 
made for them while she was alive. It v/as a sad time 
indeed for these people because now their friend who 
had helped them was gone. They had depended on her 
for food and clothing and help when the^^ were sick. 
I suppose these poor widows didn't have anyone else 
that they could depend on, and they had learned to 
love her much. 

Peter told them all to leave the room, and when he 
was alone he prayed to God. I don't know what he said 
but I think that he asked the Lord. to bring the good 
woman, Dorcas, back to life. . God surely answered be- 
cause Peter turned to the body of Dorcas and said, 
"Dorcas, arise I" And Dorcas opened her eyes and saw 
Peter and sat up. Then Peter took her by the hand, 
lifted her up and called the friends of. Dorcas. Dorcas 
was alive! How happy those people must have been. And 
the news spread far and wide through the city of Joppa. 
Because Dorcas lived again, many believed on the Lord. 

—Rudolph E. Cover 



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VOL. 18 MARCH & APRIL, 1971 NOS. 3 & 4 



"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." 1 Peter 2: 1 1 



HAIL, THOU ONCE DESPISED JESUS 

Hail, Thou once despised Jesus 1 
Hail, Thou Galilean King! 
Thcu didst suffer to release us, 
Thou didst free salvation bring. 
Hail Thou agonizing Savior, 
Bearer of our sin and shame I 
By Thy merits we find favor; 
Life is given through Thy name. 

Paschal Lamb, by God appointed, 
All our sins on Thee were laid; 
By almighty love anointed, 
Thou hast full atonement made. 
All Thy people are forgiven, 
Through the virtue of Thy blood; 
Opened is the gate of heaven; 
Peace is made 'twixt man and God. 

Jesus, haill enthroned in glory, 

There forever to abide; 

All the heavenly hosts adore Thee, 

Seated at Thy Father 1 s side. 

There for sinners Thou art pleading, 

There Thou dost our place prepare; 

Ever for us interceding, 

Till in plory we appear. 

— John Bakewell 



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CHILDREN OF THE RESURRECTION 

In the 22nd chapter of Matthew and the 20th chapter 
•f Luke , we read how the Sadducees, who did not be- 
lieve in the resurrection, thought to catch Jesus with 
a hard question about a woman who had been the wife of 
seven brothers. All seven preceeded her in death, and 
lastly the woman died also. In the resurrection, then, 
whose wife would she be of the seven? for they all had 
her. 

Jesus rebuked them sharply saying, ,r Ye do err, not 
knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God, For in 
the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in 
marriage, but are as the angels in heaven. ♦ . neither 
can they die any more: for they are equal unto the 
angels; and are the children of God, being THE CHILD- 
REN OF THE RESURRECTION." 

The resurrection was the keynote of the gospel 
message which the apcstles preached after Jesus rose 
from the dead, and it is the keystone of God*s plan 
to redeem the fallen sons of Adam from death which they 
incurred in Eden because of sin. Therefore, because 
they are begotten from the dead they are called the 
children of the resurrection. 

Jesus Himself was raised from the dead the third day 
after He was crucified, and became the "firstfruits of 
them that slept. For since by man came death, by man 
came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in 
Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made 
alive. 11 (I Corinthians 15:20) 

When the apostle Paul made his defence before King 
Agrippa, he said, "Why should it be thought a thing 
credible with you that God would raise the aead? « 

Why should it be thought a thing incredible with 
any one that God would raise the dead? It is the most 
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what mi^ht be expected under the circumstances. For 
it is evident that God intended that the man wh*m He 
had made should live, because He breathed into him the 
breath of life and he became a LIVING SCUL, And it is 
also evident that God Intended that man should live 
forever, for He placed in the midst of the garden of 
Eden the tree of LIFE., of the which if they would eat, 
they would live forever. 

No one who believes that God created man, as the 
Bible savs He did, could consistently think that He 
could not, or would not, raise him from the dead to 
complete the purpose for which He had created him, 
after he had fallen victim to the deceitful art of 
Satan who caused him to sin and bring death upon him- 
self and the whole human family. For we read in Titus 
1:2, M In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot 
lie, promised before the world began. 11 

Death is the opposite of life and action,, and by 
its very nature is an enemy of ail that God purposed 
and planned for mankind before He made the world. 
Though an enemy, God has turned death into victory 
over Satan who is the author of sin and death: "For- 
asmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and 
blood, he (Jesus) also himself likewise took part of 
the same; that through death he might destroy him that 
had the power of death, that is, the devil.. And deli- 
ver them who through fear of death were all their life- 
time subject to bondage.' 1 (Hebrews 2:14*15) 

As sin resulted in the disinheritance and death of 
Adam and his posterity, so the new birth and resurrec= 
ticn restores the son-ship and inheritance again in 
Christ Jesus. This redemption is accomplished in a 
most miraculous and marvelous way by the power of God, 
much of which is revealed in the 8th chapter of Romans: 
"For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are 
the sons of God, For ye have not received the spirit 
of bondage again to fear; But ye have received the 
Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The 
Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that 
we are the children of God: . . . For the earnest ex- 



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pectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation 
of the sons of God* . . Because the creature itself 
shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into 
the glorious liberty of the children of God. . * and 
not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first- 
fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within 
ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, THE Ej- 
LEkPTION OF OUR BODY*" 

Thus the apostle Paul teaches that the process of 
redemption is begun in us by the ftew Birth (first-fruits 
of the Spirit) while we are yet in these bodies that 
must die, but the full adoption of sons, or children 
of God, is not accomplished until the redemption of 
the body, and is perhaps why Jesus could say, "They 
are the children of God, being the children of the 
resurrection." 

The Old Testament Scriptures gave abundant testi- 
mony and assurance of the resurrection, and many of 
the patriarchs and saints of that age found comfort 
and hope in believing it. Job found the answer to his 
question: "If a man die, shall he live again?" He 
could say with assurance, "I know that my redeemer 
liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day up- 
on the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy 
this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God." (job 19: 
25,26) 

Isaiah says, "He will swallow up death in victory; 
and the Lord shall wipe away tears from off all 
faces. . ." (Isaiah 25:8) 

"Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead 
body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell 
in the dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and 
the earth shall cast out her dead. . ." (Isaiah 26:19) 

"And many that sleep in the dust of the earth shall 
awake, some to everlasting life, and some to everlast- 
ing contempt. And they that be wise shall shine as 
the brightness of the firmament, and they that turn 
many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever." 
(Daniel 12:2,3) 

"I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I 



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will redeem them from death: death , I will be thy 
plagues; grave, I will be thy destruction." (Hosea 
13:14) 

Thus we see that the idea and belief in the resur- 
rection was not new to the Jews when Jesus was with 
them, but He gave it a new dimension when He said, 
"I am the resurrection and the life; he that belie veth 
in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live, and 
whosoever liveth and believe th in me shall never die." 

The great message which the apostles preached to 
the people after they were baptized with the Holy Ghost 
was: "That he is risen, and we are witnesses of his 
resurrection, , . " "This Jesus hath God raised up, 
whereof we all are witnesses." 

So, to the Question, "If a man die shall he live 
again?" the' answer is "YES, a thousand times yes." 
"For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, 
even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring 
with him. For this we say unto you by the Word of the 
Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the 
coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are 
asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from 
heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, 
and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ 
shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain 
shall be caught up together with them to meet the Lord 
in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 

Wherefore comfort one another with these words." 
(I Thessalonians 4:14-18) 

— D. F. Wolf 

iVodesto, California 

"Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not 
here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you . 
when he was yet in Galilee, Saying, The Son of man 
must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and 
be crucified, and the third day rise again. And they 
remembered his words." 

—Luke 24:5-8 



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EDITORIAL. , . 

The scene was Jerusalem on the road from the upper 
room to the Garden of Gethsemane. The time was the 
night before the crucifixion of Jesus during the pass- 
over celebration. The atmosphere was tense and 
one of uncertainty for the eleven apostles as they 
walked with Jesus* Jesus had had the crowds in His 
favor when He entered. Jerusalem. And yet He spoke of 
dying soon — of even being "lifted up," The supper 
they had just eaten together was different from any 
other meal they had had with Jesus. He had begun by 
washing their feet and instructing them for the future 
to n wash one another 1 a feet* 11 He had given them a new 
Testament of His body and blood and symbolized it by 
bread and wine which He had them eat and drink. He had 
given them a new commandment to love one another. And 
Judas had been mysteriously sent away from the supper. 
Some of Jesus 1 statements had seemed darkly forbcding 
of trouble to come. He was telling them the world 
would hate them and persecute them. But they must 
bring forth fruit. And they were not to be troubled 
but were to have peace from Jesus Himself. How can all 
these things be? How can Jesus die now? 

But listen, Jesus is speaking of another Comforter 
to come when He would leave the disciples. This Com- 
forter is to speak, not of Himself, but He is to speak 
what He shall hear from above. He will glorify Jesus, 
teach them all things, and bring to their remembrance 
the things that Jesus had told them. This was some- 
thing to hope in. When Jesus told them plainly that 
He was going back to the Father, they could still hope 
in the Comforter. 

The same night Jesus was taken, hastily tried, con- 
victed, cruelly beaten, and shamefully crucified — 
lifted up, as He had told them. They laid Him in the 
tomb, no doubt forgetting that Jesus had also told 
them He would rise again. And the third day He did 
arise from the tomb dispelling their despair and doubt. 

In the days that followed Jesus appeared a number 
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of His Resurrection. They saw Him ascend and followed 
His instructions to tarry in Jerusalem. And they were 
rewarded with the baptism of the Holy Spirit in full 
power on the daj^ of Pentacost. Mow was fulfilled the 
promise of Jesus given them that dark night seven 
weeks before. No more would they doubt or be afraid. 
Under the power and possession of this newly-come 
Comforter they were to go forth on their missions to 
carry the Gospel to the lost world. 

Dear believers, we should never know a time as dark 
and perplexing as those apostles had that night. We 
may think the times are dark and the way ahead is un- 
known. But we, too, have the promise of the Comforter. 
"If ye then,, being evil, know how to give good gifts 
unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly 
Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?" 
Let us ask repeatedly for a greater portion of this 
Gift. Let us join to pray for the Holy Spirit to be 
in our midst with His mighty power I He will teach us 
_ and j?ive us the understanding of the Word of God. He 
will bring it to our remembrance as the Lord Jesus 
had promised. 

This cause that we stand for is not our own if we 
are the Lord's, The work is not our own but it is 
God's. How diligent we should be to study God f s Yard 
and pray for understanding and to know its application 
to our lives! 

Let us never forget the Resurrection of our lord 
Jesus. After He died for our sins, He also rose from 
the *rrave for our justification. This, too, should 
give us courage that the disciples lacked on the dark 
night of Jesus 1 arrest. 

In fact, we have the whole record of the lives of 
the apostles to encourage us. We have- their personal 
testimonies and their martyrdoms to prove to us the 
truth, the importance, and the urgency of the cause 
of the Lord. 

Let us with renewed zeal take up this cause of 
Christ by the power of His Holy Spirit. Let us strive 
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His followers. 

The Holy Spirit and the realization of His power to 
use us and to carry us through may well be our great- 
est need. — L.C. 

Hover o'er me Holy Spirit, 
Bathe my trembling heart and brow, 
Fill me with Thy hallowed presence, 
Come, oh, come and fill me now. 



JOTTING NOTICJS 

We, the members of the Old Brethren Church of 
Canada, Ohio and Indiana have chosen :■ oril 24th and 
25th as the dates for our Communion, tae Lord willing, 
at the Wakarusa meeting house. We exca&d a hearty 
invitation to the members and friends to be with us 
at that time. —Elmer Brovont 



The Annual Meeting of the Old Brethren Chruch will 
be held, the Lord willing, on May 28, 29 and 30 at the 
Salida meeting house, Salida, California. A hearty 
invitation and welcome is extended to all the brethren 1 
and sisters and friends to attend. 

—Daniel F. Wolf 



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"Heirs of the Promise", a sixty seven page book- 
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GOD'S '■ONECRFUL WORKS 

"The works of the Lord are great," says the~ Psalm- 
ist, "sought out of all them that have pleasure there- 
in." And, "He hath made his wonderful works to be re- 
membered." 

A study of these "wonderful works" is inexhaustible. 
We owe much to the writers and poets who have probed 
into nature's realm, drawing lessons replete in analogy 
and description which enrich the meditative mind. 
James Russell Lowell wrote: "I believed the poets; it 
is they who utter wisdom from the central deep, and 
listening- to the inner flow of things, speak to the age 
out of eternity." 

A minister once used the lowly dandelion to liken 
to the beauties of heaven. The more it was magnified 
under the microscope, the more it became to resemble a 
beautiful chrysanthemum, while a piece of cloth, 
treated in the same manner, would look like a piece of 
^ burlap. So the works of God would appear against the 
works of man in the light of eternity. "The meanest 
flewer that ever blowed," wrote Wordsworth, "gives 
thoughts that lie too deep for tears." 

The New England poets have had much to offer us. 
The poets, William Cullen Bryant and John Greenleaf 
Whittier, found meaning in the fringed gentian of the 
late New England woods. The following lines are 
Bryant's observations: 

"Thou blossom bright with autumn dew, 
And colored with the heaven's own blue, 
That openest when the quiet light 
Succeeds the keen and frosty night; 
Thou waitest late and com 1 st alone, 
When woods are bare and birds have flown, 
Then doth thy sweet and quiet eye 
Look through t its fringes to the sky, 

The concluding verse is like a prayer: 

"I would that thus, when I shall see 
* The hou r of death draw near to me, 



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Hope, blossoming within my heart , 
May look to heaven when I depart. 11 

John G. Whittier T s poem was "The Pressed Gentian." 
This was given to him as a Christmas token which he 
described hanging on his northern window pane with the 
dull side against the glass , while the inside revealed 
its "perfect grace." The poet likened this flower 
"to some sweet souls who veil their worth and beauty 
from the world outside." In the final verse he express- 
es in depth this comparison: 

"But deeper meanings come to me, 
My half-immortal flower, from theel 
Man judges from a partial view 3 
None ever yet his brother knew; 
The Eternal Eye that sees the whole 
May better read the darkened soul, 
And find, to outward sense denied. 
The flower upon its inmost side!" 

Two women, Celia Thaxter and Lucy Larcom, were also *-* 
New England writers who, amidst their humble surround- 
ings and simple lives, found wonder, inspiration and 
joy -to pass along to others. 

Celia Thaxter's father, though described as an am- 
bitious man and scholar, retired to become a lighthouse 
keeper, and this was her childhood home. She wrote of 
climbing into the window seats, warming pennies (for 
which they had no other use) and making peepholes in 
the thick frosts to "watch the vessels scudding over 
the intensely dark blue sea all feather white." She 
loved to gather shells, and her friends were the sea 
birds. In the last verse of her poem, "The Sandpiper", 
she recognizes God's care over all. This trust for a 
small sea bird follows the teaching of Jesus when He 
spoke of the sparrow being noticed by His Heavenly 
Father. 

"Comrade, where wilt thou be tonight, 

When the loosed storm breaks furiously? 

My driftwood fire will burn so bright 1 

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I do not fear for thee, though wroth 
The tempest rushes through the sky; 
For are we not God's children both, 
Thou, little sandpiper and I?" 

It is said that the poet, Whittier, encouraged Celia 
Thaxter to write. 

Lucy Larccm 1 s writings also attracted the attention 
of Whittier, and he formed with her a sacred friend- 
ship. As a girl, she was a mill hand in Lowell, Mass- 
achusetts, Being forbidden to read books in the mill, 
she would paste scraps of her favorite poems on the 
window sill to memorize them. She loved both nature 
and God, and sang of them in her poems and hjmins. 
"The world is Thy field, Thy garden, " she wrote, A 
couple of her hymns were, »C God, Thy World is Sweet 
With Erayer," and "In Christ I Feel the Heart of God." 
Her verse, found in some albums, reflects the text: 
"Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to 
minister" for them who shall be the heirs of salvation?" 

"Hand in hand with angels 
Through the world we go; 
Brighter eyes are onus 
TThan we blind ones know. 

Tenderer voices cheer us 

Than we deaf will own: 
Never, walking heavenward, 

Can we walk alone." 

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote: "Never lose an oppor- 
tunity of seeing anything that is beautiful, for 
beauty is God's handwriting — a wayside sacrament." 
The Fsalmist exclaims in more forceful phrases: "How 
manifold are thy works 1 in wisdom hast thou made them 
all; the earth is full of thy riches." Emerson 1 s medi- 
tation of the starry heavens is very deep: "If the 
stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how 
men would believe and adore; and preserve for many 
generations the remembrance of the City of God which 
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Christ bids us- to "consider the lilies of the field." 
Edgar Guest spoke in simple , homey lines , but how true 
his words: 

"Man writes his loftiest thoughts in words , 

And builds with bricks and stone. 
But dreams of butterflies and birds 
Belong to God alone." 

David Grayson offers in his book, "Under My Elm," 
these "findings": "The Maker never scamps a job. He 
works as well and truly in a ten-foot plot as in a 
continent. There is as much beauty and perfection — 
and mystery — under my hand when I rest it down in the 
grass as in the broad sweep of the Connecticut Valley. 
I knelt there fascinated for an hour or more, and came 
away thinking how blindly we go about our dull tasks, 
our eyes and ears closed to the wonders of the world." 

In closing, let the song writer, William Hunter, 
tell us in these verses from his beautiful hymn, what 
is the best of all: 

"You may sing of the beauty of mountain and dale, 
Of the silvery streamlet and flowers of the vale; 
But the place most delightful this earth can afford, 
Is the place of devotion, the house of the Lord. 

You may boast of the sweetness of day ? s early dawn, 
Of the sky's softening graces when day is just gone, 
But there's no other season or time can compare 
With the hour of devotion, the season of prayer. 

Ever hail, blessed temple, abode of my LordI 
I will turn to thee often to hear from His Word; 
I will walk to thine altars with those that I love 
And rejoice in the prospects regaled from above. 

— Miriam E. Hanson 
Dayton j Ohio 



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DARK WAS THE NIGHT 

Dark was the place, Gethsemane, 
Where Jesus prayed for you and me. 
Such suffering man has never known 
As He endured that night alone. 

Dark was the night He was betrayed. 
And on Him cruel hands were laid, 
By them He was a captive led, 
While His disciples quickly fled. 

Dark was the night, oh time of woe 
When guilty man descended low. 
They nailed Him to the rugged tree 
Where He expired for you and me. 

Dark was the night God's children dear 
Were bowed with anguish, grief, and fear. 
The Lord they loved had lately died, 
They saw Him mocked and crucified. 

Dark was the night, a gloomy hour 
When death arose in all its power; 
Sealed fast the grave where Jesus lay 
While soldiers guard by night and day. 

Dark was the night before the day 
While in the tomb our Saviour lay. 
Dark was the night, all hope had fled 
While Jesus dwelt among the dead. 

Dark was the night, but near its close 
Jesus triumphantly arose; 
He drove the shades of night away 
Upon the Resurrection Day. 

—J.I. Cover May 9, 1930 

BIRTHS 
MOOR*), a son, Richard Aaron, born to Hubert and Dorothy 
Moore of Ripon, California on March 2. 
WAGNER, a daughter, Linda Louise, born to Daniel and 
Thelnta Wagner of Covington, Ohio on March 11. 



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HISTORICAL 
THE SPREAD OF CHRISTIANITY — SCANDANAVIA 

I . Denmark 

As with other European nations, the earliest begin- 
nings of the Christian faith among the Danes were the 
result of commerce with nations and peoples which had 
accepted Christianity, Probably the earliest success- 
ful organised attempt at reaching the Danish people 
as well as the remainder of the Scandanavians comes 
as a result of the request by Harold, a claimant to 
the Danish throne. Harold had endeavored to enlist 
the aid of Charlemagne and his successor,, Louis the 
Pious , in his attempt to gain the throne. The result 
was his eventual baptism. Although his bid for the 
throne was doomed to failure, it opened the way for 
missionary effort In the north, 

Anschar (Ansgar) , who was born in France in 801,, 
was chosen to accompany Harold northward. He had the 
support of Pope Gregory IV and was made Legate to the 
Swedes ^ Danes , and Slavs. This commission was shared 
with Archbishop Ebo of Rheims who also had an interest 
in the Scandanavian peoples. Using Hamburg as a base 
after the Initial attempts in cooperation with Harold 
had met \ ith little success, Anschar was able to se- 
cure permission from King Horic of Denmark to build a 
church where a few converts were made. Anschar , in 
his lifetime, had a small degree of success. However, 
the Danish rulers who succeeded Horic were not favor- 
ably disposed to further expansion of Christianity. 
This was particularly true of King Gorm, who is given 
credit for uniting the Danish Kingdom. Gorm had all 
churches destroyed and killed many priests. 

Christianity reappeared in Denmark under Harold 
Bluetooth who succeeded Gorm in 940. It is thought by 
some that Harold had been influenced by the Saxon Duke 
Henry the Fowler. Harold was eventually baptized and 
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Sweyn I, the son of Harold Bluetooth, successfully 
rebelled against his father and brought a wave of 
paganism. He was influenced to some extent by his 
wife whc was a devout pagan. During his reign England 
came under Danish rule. Although he persecuted many 
Christians, he reportedly eased his oppressive measures 
toward them. In later life due to the influence of King 
Eire of Sweden. 

Canute. Sweyn ? s son by a polish woman , became King 
of England in 1014 upon the death of his father. Later 
he was to become King of Denmark as well when his 
brother "Harold died. In 1022 the Archbishop cf Canter- 
bury consecrated three new Danish Bishops. This 
brought Canute in direct conflict with the Archbishop 
of Hamburg who had been riven jurisdiction over the 
Danes earlier. This conflict was short lived and the 
number of bishoprics continued to grow as Christianity 
expanded. From this time on Christianity remained 
strong among the Danes and was influenced to great 
extent b^ the English Church, even though technically 
under German domination. 

In 1104 German domination over the Danish Church 
ended when a Danish bishop was elevated to Archbishop 
at Lund./ The missionary age of Denmark was complete. 
Later Archbishop Absalon of Lund established a coastal 
fort which became Copenhagen — the present-day capital. 

—Glen Shirk, M.D., 
Stockton, California 

Children ! s Page, continued 

not to be eaten by the children of Israel. This was 
what Peter had been taught from his youth, but God had 
something far greater to teach Peter. 

Amazed at what he had seen, Peter was wondering what 
the vision could possibly mean. Just then the men whom 
Cornelius had sent arrived and asked for a man called 
Peter. 

Continued in the next "Pilgriiu": 
"The Miracle in the House of Cornelius" 
— Rudolph Cover 



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CHILDREN'S PAGE 

VISIT AND VISION FROM HEAVEN Acts 10:1-18 

Cornelius was a soldier; he was a captain cr a 
centurion over a hundred men. He was also a devout 
man and one that feared God which is much more impor- 
tant. He gave money to the poor and needy and prayed 
to God every day. One day while he was praying, an 
angel came to him and called him by his name.. The 
angel told him that because he had been sc generous to 
give and was faithful in prayer to God that God had 
sent a message to him. The message was this: "Send 
men to the town of Joppa and call for a man named 
Peter who lives with Simon^ a tanner, whose house is 
by the sea side. He will tell you what you ought to 
do." 

What would you do if you received a message from 
God by an angel? I knoitf what I would do. I would do 
just like Cornelius did. Cornelius did what the angel ^ 
told him and sent men to Joppa to get Peter. The 
angel had said that Peter would tell him what he ouc;ht 
to do. I am sure Cornelius was anxicus to find out 
what Peter would say. 

The next day, while Peter was on his house top 
praying, he saw a vision from heaven. Descending ->om 
heaven was a great sheet tied together by its four cor- 
ners, and as Peter watched, it descended to the earth. 
Peter looked inside the sheet and saw all kinds of 
beasts and creeping things and birds. And a voice 
called to Peter and said, "Rise, Peter, kill and eat." 

Peter said, "Not so, Lord, for I have never eaten 
anything that is common or unclean." 

Then the voice spoke again and said, "What God has 
cleansed, that call not thou common." This was done 
three times and then the sheet of animals was taken 
back into heaven. 

Under the law of Moses there were certain kinds of 
animals and birds that were called unclean and were 

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VOL. 18 MAY, 1971 NO. 5 

^Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." 1 Peter 2: 1 1 



HA r PI HOME WHERE THOU ART LOVED 

happy heme, where Thou art loved the dearest, 
Thou loving Friend and Saviour of our race, 
And where amonp the guests there never cometh 
One who can hold such high and honored place I 
happy home where two in heart united 
In holy faith and blessed hope are one; 
Where joys are ' shared and love flows undivided, 
And where Thy holy will, Lord, is done. 

happy home whose little ones are given 

Early to Thee in humble faith and prayer, 

To Thee, their Friend, who from the heights of heaven 

Guides them, and guards with more than mother's care J 

happy home, where each one serves Thee, lowly, - 

Whatever his appointed work may be, 

Till every common task seems great and holy, 

When it is dene,.C Lord, as unto Thee I 

happy home, where Thou art not forgotten 

When joy is overflowing, full and free; 

happy home, where every wounded spirit 

Is brought, Physician, Comforter, to Thee, 

Until at last, when earth's day's work is ended, 

All meet Thee in the blessed home above, 

From whence Thou earnest, where Thou hast ascended, 

Thy everlasting home of peace and love I. 

— Oarl J. P. Spitta, 1801-1859 



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PENT .COST 

Pentecost , the Feast of Weeks.; was fifty days after 
the Jewish Passover, observed in honor of Israel 1 s 
deliverance from Egypt, the land of slavery* 

On Pentecost the Apostles had received power while 
tarrying in an upper room in Jerusalem, On Pentecost 
the Christian Church was begun with power from on high. 
The sound as of a mighty rushing wind came from heaven, 
and it came suddenly . It was like Jesus had said 
while yet with them as He breathed upon them, "Receive 
ye the Holy Ghost. 11 (John 20:22) This great event was 
marked with cloven tongues like as of fire settling on 
each of them which made them fervent in spirit, sealous 
and joyful, 

"Kot by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith 
the Lord.' 1 (Zechariah 4:6) r Converting, the soul, trans- 
forming lives and to bring to a faith in Christ unto 
salvation is not accomplished by might nor by power, 
but by the Holy Spirit. 

Pentecost, as such, will never be repeated. The 
outpouring of the Holy Spirit was given to be. effective 
to the end. of time. Where are the effects, of it today? 
With the coming of the Spirit, as with other great 
events, the passing of time and man's indifference 
seem to lessen the greatness of the initial impact. 
The Passover as given in- Egypt that fateful night no 
doubt lost its keen awareness .through, the centuries; 
the crucifixion of Christ is not as real as it was to 
the Apostles, and- the gift of the Holy Spirit tc the 
Church Is no .exception. Around the world Christian 
believers speak readily about sin, judgment, Jesus and 
salvation, but not so much is heard about the Spirit 
of God as a guide into the truth. Perhaps many are 
not far from these whom. Paul asked whether they had 
received the Holy Ghost since they believed, to which 



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they replied, n Ve have not so much as heard whether, 
there be any Holy Ghost. 11 (Acts 19:2) 

The Holy Spirit is operative in convicting sinners, 
making them aware of the judgments of God. The Spirit 
leads man to Christ. It is through the power of the 
Hcly Ghost that man is born again — bom of water and 
Spirit. As such men receive Jesus Christ into their 
hearts they also receive the Spirit of Christ, who . is 
no other than the Spirit of God— the Holy Spirit. 
Paul says that if a man doesn't have the Spirit of 
Christ in him he is none of His.' 

The Holy Spirit is the Christian's guide on earth, 
but so few seem to consciously enjoy the leading of 
the Spirit. Of the early Christians who were Spirit-^ 
led it was said they were turning the world up-side- 
down. The world is in great disarray, and is being 
shaken, but not by the Holy Spirit. 

In the pursuits and decisions of Christian life one 
deals with himself and with the Holy Spirit. Daily we 
pray, "Not mine, but Thy will be dene." How does one 
communicate with the Holy Spirit? How does the Chris- 
tian know that now he is following the Holy Spirit? 
The brethren in the Jerusalem conference stated in 
their letter: "For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost. 
, .." (Acts 3:2?) Again when the church at Antioch, 
were together the "Holy Spirit said, Separate me Bar- 
nabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called 
them." (Acts 13:2) If the Holy Spirit is to be a 
guide, then He must be recognized. 

The prayer of the Christian need not always be, " 
"Not mine /but Thy will be done." Note what the Apos- 
tles said at Jerusalem: "It seemed good to the Holy 
Ghost and us," These brethren were doing their own 
thinking alonp* with listening to the voice of the 
Spirit. 

Is -this thing real enough, in a living faith, that 
we know when "the Holy Ghost and us" are together or\ 
a matter, or that we can recognize when our will must 
bow to the will of the Spirit? 

In these closing days, our senses are being numbed. 



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everything is growing old, and we are looking through 
a glass more dark than Paul spoke about , and ve are 
not enjoying all the blessings God has for His people 
through the Holy Ghost. 

We read: "Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, 
whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption." 
(Lphesians 4:30) This is an exhortation without any 
threat; one that ail Christians should heed, for it is 
possible to grieve Him away* God has said, "My Spirit 
will not always strive with, men." (Genesis 6:3) This 
can mean "not always will the Spirit wrestle with men 
unto repentance," and "not always will the Holy Spirit 
wrestle with the disobedient Christian." David prayed: 
", . .and take not thy holy spirit from me." (Psalms 
51 :11b) 

Speaking in regard to the other two divine Persons 
of the God-head, the Bible says, "All manner of sin 
and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men. . ." (hat- 
thew 12:31) The Holy Spirit is often listed as the 
third Person of the God-head and perhaps the lesser. 
Yet, Christ said that blasphemy against God and the 
Son can be forgiven, but not so concerning the Holy 
Spirit. God planned to save the world through Christ > 
and this could only be through forgiveness, regardless 
what the sin. Paul had this experience. (I Timothy 
1:13) But blasphemy against the Holy Spirit can never 
be forgiven, not in this world, neither in the world 
to come, (hatthew 12:32) The Holy Spirit is the re- 
presentative of the Father and the Son. He has no 
message of His own. He is the responsibility of the 
Father and the Son, and They are very careful that the 
Spirit is not abused. 

To blaspheme, says Webster, is to speak of with im- 
pious irreverence; to revile; to abuse. To blaspheme 
the Holy Spirit is not to be forgiven. 

But, "as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they 
are the sons of God." (Romans 8:14) 

Adapted from an editorial in 

the Messenger of Truth , 1968 



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THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST 

For I am not ashamed of the g ospel of Chri st: for 
it is the power of God unto salvation to every one 
that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the 
Greek* (Romans 1:16) 

Jesus Christ received the Gospel of the iirgdom 
from His Father in heaven, and brought to earth' intact 
and pure His Father's words* He became His spokesman, 
delivering unto man His Father's will, and this divine 
message became known as the Gospel of Christ. 

Jesus Christ our Saviour kept His Father's will 
near His heart until He proclaimed, "The time is ful- 
filled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; Repent ye 
and believe the Gospel." (hark 1:15) On every hand 
this world of humanity was lost in sin, degradation, 
apostasv, and hypocrisy that had accumulated since the 
beginning of the world. Hopeless, helpless humanity! 

Consider the immensity and tragedj? of the situation! ( 
All creation and the earth itself had been brought into 
existence brw the T ord of God — His divine majesty 
speaking according to our Heavenly Father's instruc- 
tions. Now all this creation was profoundly affected 
when sin entered the world. 

We with wonder now understand that condition was 
foreknown , and, to counter this deflection away from 
God, the remedy was provided bV T tbe precious blood of 
Christ, as of a lamb without spot: who verily was for- 
crdained before the foundation of the world." (I Peter 
1:19,20) So the remedy »<&s provided before the trans- 
gression. The promise then of a Redeemer (Genesis 
3:15) brought hope of a future life. 

So again, the Gospel of Christ brought hope to a 
dying world. The new creation was brought into exis- 
tence by the mighty power of God, Jesus speaking and 
bringing the energizing power of the Holy Spirit. 
n For it is God which worketh in you both to will arid 
to do of His good pleasure. 11 (Philippians 2:13) 

This new start, this sublime beginning of a new 
era, was proclaimed by God who said, "Behold I make 



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all things new." (Revelation 21:5) The Gospel of 
Christ is the remedy for sin, and of greater potency 
and worth than to just restore us back to the peace , 
love and tranquility of the Garden of Eden. For all 
pay the penalty for sin: the death of the body. But 
all who accept the Lord in love and obedience, passing 
through the gate of death, realize it opens to a great- 
er vista of life and. joy in the garden of His love, by 
the fountain flowing water of life, the Tree of Life 
growing nearby, and all near the Throne of God. 

There we will understand the greatness of the Gospel 
of Christ as we realize that all this beauty of the 
Kew Heaven and New Earth is brought into existence by 
this same Gospel of Christ. Attaining a greater plane 
and pleasure of existence than the Garden of Eden, a 
deeper and eternal meaning to us are these words: 
"Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall 
not pass away. (Matthew- 24:35) 

Paul says, "I am not ashamed of the Gospel of 
Christ. n Are we? 

Down from the Halls of Glory 

Our great Redeemer came 
To tell the sacred story; 

Sent in His Father's name. 

The Gospel of Salvation 

He told to mortal man, 
Good news to every nation, 

i\ew hope to every clan. 

To show His lovingkindness, 

To take away our sin, 
To take away our blindness 

And five us joy within. 

To meet the prince of night-time, 

To take us from his power; 
To bring us to the light time 

In that delivering hour. 



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To bring the power of healing 
To sinners lost and lone. 

To show His tender feeling 
And call us for His own. 

To pay the price for sinning, 
To set the captives free, 

And victory for ns winning 
Throughout eternity. 

how His words most precious 
Can enter every heart, 

His attitude so gracious 
Can give us a fresh start. 

Can help us in our living, 
Our lives be hid in Him; 

Receiving— also giving, 
V T e walk to Heaven's rim. 



But ah, the cross-like shadow 
That fell across His way, 

And olive -grove-like meadow 
Where He would kneel to pray. 

how He suffered lonely 
To say, "Thy will be done," 

While we were sleeping only, 
Till He the victory won. 

Yes, for our sin and sorrow 

He died upon the tree, 
Rose in the bright tomorrow, 

"Abolished death" for me. 

His words have deeper meaning 
Since He forsook the tomb, 

The highest note of keening 
That penetrates the gloom. 

And changed is death 1 s dark portal, 
This golden gate we see; 



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We change to the immortal 
And are forever free. 

For now we love our Saviour, 

And we would follow Him 
Who gave us grace and favor, 

And all the world grows dim* 

His words of light are shining — 

Illuminate the way — 
His precepts are re fining , 

The Gospel is our stay. 

And now the ways of sinning 
Tc us have lost their charms; 

We*rf on our way to winning, 
Safe in Hia loving arms. 

— J. I. Cover 

Scnora, California 

,r YE SHALL BE WITNESSES UNTO ME." 

"And when they were come in, they went up into an 
upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and 
John, and Andrew, Philip . and Thomas, Bartholomew, and 
Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, 
and Judas the brother of James. 

"These all continued with one accord in prayer and 
supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of 
Jesus, and with his brethren." (Acts 1:13^14) 

The eleven apostles at this time between the 
Ascension of Jesus and Pentecost were waiting for the 
promise of the Father of which Jesus had told them: 
the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Their hearts were 
ready and open. They were "with one accord in prayer 
and supplication." 

During this time Peter realized that according to 
the scriptures, Judas had been removed from his apos- 
tleship and that, also according to the scriptures, 
another should take his place. They appointed two 



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i 



who were qualified and prayed that God would show His 
choice. The lot fell upon Matthias and the number 
was complete again. They were now ready for the bap- 
tism which Jesus had premised. "And when the day of 
Pentecost was fully come 1 ' the Holy Spirit came and 
filled them with wonderful power.. 

Over the past three years Jesus had been preparing 
these men for the ministry of His work after He returned 
to the Father. Jesus had spent all night in prayer, 
and afterward had carefully chosen to twelve. Only 
one had been lost: Judas, the son of perdition "that 
the scripture might be fulfilled." . , 

Peter, James, John and Andrew had been fishermen; 
Matthew had been a publican and Simon had been a zealot, 
politically opposite to a publican. But now they all 
had much in common. They were convinced that Jesus 
was the Son of God and they were Inspired to follow 
Him unreservedly. They were weak like any men as they 
demonstrated by their cowardice when Jesus was arrest- 
ed. But after Pentecost they were to have the power 
of the Holy Spirit, and they would all go cut to 
"preach the Gospel to every creature" as Jesus had 
commanded them. 

Perhaps these men did not realize what was ahead 
for them. If they did, I doubt that it mattered to 
them. They were gripped by a power beyond themselves. 
They were convinced that this Gospel, of Jesus Christ 
was the answer to the needs of the people of the 
world. They were filled with the Spirit. Their 
safety and their very lives became unimportant com--- • 
pared to" the urgency of the message. When Peter and 
John were arrested, threatened and commanded not to 
teach in the name of Jesus, they answered, "Whether 
it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you 
more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak 
the things which we have seen and heard." 

Later, when the Apostles continued to preach and 
teachj they were all arrested and put in prison. "But 
the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, 
and brought them forth, and said, Go, stand and speak 



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in the temple to the people all the words of this 
life/' When the officers gave the report that the 
prison was empty though the doors were safely shut, 
the high priest , temple captain and chief priests were 
doubtful about what might happen. They found the 
apostles in the temple as the angel had commanded them. 
To their charges and threats, the apostles answered^ 
"We ought to obey God rather than men. The God of 
our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged 
on a tree. Him hath God exalted with his right hand 
to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance 
to Israel, and forgiveness cf sins. And we are his 
witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy 
Ghost," whom God hath given to them that obey him." 
(Acts 5:29-32) This time the priests counselled" to kill 
them but Gamaliel reccommended to let them go. So 
they beat them and commanded them again not to speak 
in the name of Jesus. "And they departed from the 
presence of the council , rejoicing that they were 
counted worthy to suffe r shaine for his nemo . And daily 
in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to 
teach and preach Jesus Christ." (Acts 5:41,42) Such 
was the power of the Holy Spirit upon these men. 

V : e have accounts only of part of the ministries of 
peter end 'John and of Paul and Barnabas who were also 
called apostles. But all these men lived lives of 
'service and sacrifice for the cause of Christ. In 
II Corinthians 11:23-2? Paul tells of his experiences 
as he risked all for the preaching of the Gospel. 

The first to. fall of the apostles was James, the 
brother of John, killed by Herod with the sword. Bui 
eventually, if tradition records It correctly, they 
were all (except John) to die as -martyrs. On display 
in the courthouse of Tuolumne County ( Sonera, Califor- 
nia) Is a December 7 > 187& copy of n The Pioneer 11 , a 
newspaper published in San Jose, California. On the 
front page and reprinted from Fragments of Liter ature 
Is this account entitled "Fate of the Apostles." 

St. Matthew was slain by a sword in Ethiopia. 
- St.. Mark was slain by being dragged through the 



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streets of Alexandria. 

St. Luke was hanged on an olive tree in Greece. 

St. John was put into a cauldron of hot oil, but 
escaped and died in Ephesuis. 

St. peter was crucified at Rome,, head downwards. 

St, James the less was thrown from a pinnacle of 
the temple, and beaten to death. 

St. Phillip was handed against a pillar at 
Hicropolis. 

St. Bartholomew was flayed alive. 

St. Andrew was bound to a cross, and preached to 
the people until he expired. 

St. .Thomas was run through the body with a- lance" 
at Coromanel. in the Last Indies. 

St. James was shot to death' with arrows. 

St. Simon was crucified in Persia. 

St. Matthias was stoned and then beheaded. 

St. Barnabas was stoned to death. at Salvlus. 

St. Paul was beheaded at Rome by Nero. 

hay we, too, be so possessed of the Holy Spirit of 
God and so inspired by the greatness of our Lord and 
Saviour Jesus Christ that we will be willing to go 
this far to promote 'the Gospel. Truly it is the an-; 
swer to a needy world. — L.C. ■ .; • 



Children's Page (Continued from page 16) 

were astonished because that the Gentiles were also 
given the Holy Spirit. These Gentile people began to 
speak in other languages and praise God just like it 
happened on the day of Pentecost to the Jews who be-" 
lieved in Jesus there. 

Then Peter said, "Can any man forbid water that 
these should not be baptized, which have received the 
Holy Ghost as well as we?" And Peter commanded them 
to be baptized in the name of the Lord. 

Aren't ^ou glad that Jesus died for everyone, and 
that if we live for Him, He will give us everlasting 
life.? —Rudolph Cover 



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. - HISTORICAL 

THE SPREAD OF CHRISTIANITY — SCftS .OBAVIA 

II. Sweden 

As was the case with Denmark, the Swedish people 
were introduced to Christianity before any organized 
effort was made to convert them. The Norsemen were 
basically polytheistic and some historians have claimed 
that their mythology was Influenced by Christian teach- 
ing. Certainly they were exposed to Christianity in 
the raids on England, Ireland and Western Europe. 

Early In the ninth century, envoys from Sweden came 
to Louis the Pious requesting that a missionary be sent 
to them to tell them about Christianity. Anschar was 
sent to them from Denmark* "While on the way he was 
robbed by pirates, but managed to complete his journey. 
He was allowed by the King of Sweden to preach and a 
few people were converted. Enthused by his initial 
success, Anschar returned to Louis who had him conse- 
crated as Archbishop of Hamburg, giving him power to 
appoint bishops and priests. Working jointly with 
Archbishop Ebo, he appointed Gausbert Bishop of Sweden. 
The initial successes were shortlived however, as an 
uprising in Sweden forced Gausbert to flea. Anschar 
himself had difficulty In Hamburg when pirates looted 
and burned his church. 

About seven years after Gauzbert was forced to leave, 
Anschar returned to Sweden with a letter of introduc- 
tion to the Swedish king from King Horic of Denmark. 
Geuzbert refused to return to a land that had been so 
inhospitable. It is reported that the king of Sweden 
cast lets as to whether he should allow Anschar to 
preach. As these were favorable, permission was grant- 
ed and thus efforts there were renewed. 

i ith the death of Anschar in 865, Christianity again 
declined in Scandanavia. It was during this time that 
the Norsemen were raiding Europe, and it took a strong 
church to stand up to their onslaught in such places 



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as England, Ireland and Frfnce. Consequently, Rimbert 
who succeeded Anschar had to spend a majority of his 
time defending what had already been established. 
After his death , setbacks continued such that Arch- 
bishop Unni of Hamburg found that the small groups of 
Christians begun by Arschar no longer existed. 

The final conversion of Sweden was instigated by 
King Olaf Haroldsson of Norway who sent English mis- 
sionaries to Sweden. The first Swedish king to be 
baptised was King Erik who later reverted to paganism. 
He reigned late in the tenth century. It is thought 
that his conversion was due to the influence of the 
Danish and Saxon monarchs. King Olaf, his successor, 
is reported to have been baptized in 1006 end is con- 
sidered the first Christian King of Sweden. He was 
succeeded by his son, Anund Jakob who reigned from 
1021 to 1051. Even though Christianity continued to 
grow, Anund Jakob was forced to leave the kingdom 
temporarily as he refused to sacrifice to the pagan 
gods. King Smund succeeded Anund Jakob in 1051 and 
reigned for 6 years. Like his brother, Anund Jakob, 
15mund was a Christian. In 1057 Stenkil became king. 
He too was a professing Christian, but like his pre- 
decessors he was powerless to wipe out paganism, in- 
deed, the large pagan temple continued to flourish at 
Upsala. 

The death of King Stenkil brought on a pagan reac- 
tion. His son Inge, who succeeded him, tried to abo- 
lish pagan ritual and reuuire baptism of all his sub- 
jects. Because of this he was forced to give up his 
throne to Sweyn, his brother-in-law. Sweyn attempted 
to restore paganism and wipe out Christianity. His 
attempt was unsuccessful and ended with Inge being 
restored to the throne, this triumph assured a place 
for Christianity in Sweden. Although there was some 
confusion at the death of Inge, there was never any 
ouestibn as to whether Christianity would survive. 

King Sverkev who reigned from about 1130 to 1150 
began construction of a cathedral at Upsala. This was 
finished by King Erik who reigned from 1150 to 11 60. 



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It was ILrlk who organized a Crusade to Finland. At 
the beginning of this campaign he is supposed to have 
waved a gold cross saying, "In this sign we will win! 11 
This is reported to be the origin of the Swedish flag— 
a gold cross with a blue background. 

The present day Church of Sweden is protestant, 
organized by King Gustaf I. He ruled from 1523 to 
1560. He found the Catholic Church had considerable 
wealth and much land. He was influenced to a great 
extent by Luther ! s teachings. The national protectant 
church was the first to break with the Church of Rome. 

—Glen V. Shirk, K.L* 
Stockton, California 



THE PATHWAY OF FAIN 

If my days were untroubled and my heart always light 
Would I seek that fair land where there is no night? 
If I never grew weary with the weight of my load 
Would I search for God's peace at the end of the road? 

If I" never knew sickness and never felt pain 
Would I reach for a hand to help and sustain? 

If I walked not with sorrow and lived without loss 

Would I j soul seek sweet solace at the foot of the cress? 

If all I desired was mine day by day 

Vould I kneel before God and earnestly pray? 

If God sent no "winter 1 ' to freeze me with fear 

Would I yearn for the warmth of the "spring' 1 every year? 

I, ask myself this and the answer is plain: 

If my life were all pleasure and I never knew pain 

I'd seek God less often and need Him much less, 

For God's sought more often in times of distress. 

And no one knows God or sees Him as plain 

As those who have met Him on "The Pathway of Pain." 

Selected by Amos Baker 



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VffiSBE ARE THE NINE? 

"And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that 
he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee. 
And as he entered into a certain village , there met 
him ten men that were lepors, which stood afar off; 
And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, 
Master, have mercy on us. And when he saw them, he. 
said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. 
And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were 
cle«nsed. And one of them, when he saw that he was 
healed, turned back, and with" 'a loud voice glorified 
God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving 
him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus "answer- 
ing said, Were there not ten cleansed? hut where are 
the nine?" (Luke 17:11-17) 

I meant tc go back, but you may guess 

I was filled with amazement I cannot express 

To think that after those horrible years, 

That passion of- loathing ana passion of fears, 

By sores unendurable — eaten, defiled — 

My flesh was as smooth as the flesh of a child. 

I .was drunken with ,ioy: I was cracy with glee; 

I scarcely, could walk and I scarcely could see/ 

For the dazzle of sunshine where all had been black; 

But- I meant to go back — oh, I meant to go back; 

I had thought to return; when my people came out, 
There were tears of rejoicing end laughter and shout; 
They embraced me — for years I had not known a kiss; 
Ah, the pressure of lip is an exquisite bliss I 
They crowded around me, they filled the whole place; 
They looked at my feet and my hands and my face; 
My children were there, my glorious wife, 
And all the forgotten allurements of life. 
Ky cup was so full I seemed nothing to lack; 
But I' meant to go back — oh, I meant to go backl 

— Author unknown 
From a reader 



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CHILDREN'S- PA3E 

THE MIRACLE Acts 10:19-48 
IN THE HOUSE OF CORNELIUS 

Up on the housetop Peter ; the Jew, had a wonderful 
vision, God had said to him, "Don't call anything com- 
mon or unclean that God has cleansed. 11 New there were 
three men outside the house, and the Holy Spirit told 
Feter that they had come to see him and that he should 
go down to meet them. The three men told peter that a 
go©d m&n named Cornelius had been visited by an angel 
who told hiiir to send to Joppa for a man named Peter. 
So Peter kept them at his house overnight and the next 
day they went to Oaesarea, over thirty miles away. 
There were several of the Jewish brethren from Joppa 
who went along. 

When they came to the house of. Cornelius, he came 
out to meet them and fell down at Peter T s feet to wor- 
ship him, ■ but Peter said, "Stand up, Cornelius, for I 
myself also am, a man." It was wrong to worship anyone 
but God. Then Peter explained how that it was unlawful 
for a Jew to keep company with a Gentile, but God 
through a vision had shown him that he shouldn T t call 
any man common or unclean. T-.ow that Jesus had died 
for the sins of the world, everyone shcuid.be given the 
opportunity to serve the Lord so that they could go to 
heaven . 

Cornelius explained to Peter how he had been pray- 
ing to God and had been told to send for peter. I\ow 
that Peter had come they were all waiting to hear what 
he had to say. 

Then Feter said a marvelous thing: "Of a truth I 
perceive that God is no respecter of persons: that in 
every nation he that feareth Him, and v.orketh right- 
eousness is accepted with Him." 

hile leter was speaking, the Holy Ghost came upon 
all them which heard. The Jews that came with Peter 

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VOL, 18 JUNE, 1971 _ NO. 6 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." 1 Peter 2: 1 1 



OUR GREAT SAVIOR 

Jesus 1 what a Friend for sinners I 

Jesus I Lover of my soul; 

Friends may fail me, foes assail me , 

He , my Savior , makes me whole. 

Jesus 1 what a strngth in weakness! 
Let me hide myself iri Him; 
Tempted, tried, and sometimes failing. 
He, my strngth, my victory wins. 

Jesus I what a help in sorrow} 
While the billows o'er me roll, 
Even when my heart is breaking, 
He, my comfort, helps my soul. 

Jesus I what a guide and keeper! 
While the tempest still is high, 
Storms about me, night o T ertakes me, 
He, my pilot, hears my cry. 

Jesus t I do new receive Him, 
More than all in Him I find, 
He hath granted me forgiveness, 
I am His, and He is mine. 

— J, Wilbur Chapman 






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THE CHURCH 

The dearest of all relationships is that which ex- 
ists between Christ and His church* The church Is as 
related to Christ as Eve was to Adam: "For we are 
members of his body, of his fiesh > and of his bones. 
For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother 
and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall 
be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak 
concerning Christ and the church* 1 ' (Lphesians 5:30-32) 

The church is the supreme expression of the love of 
God to fallen humanity. It is the "redemption of the 
purchased possession" of Jesus Christ "unto the praise 
of his glory. H The human race under Adam was condemned 
to death because of sin. God was not obligated to re- 
deem them. Only through love was He constrained to do 
so. It was by holy agreement in the Godhead that Jesus' 
Christ should be the Redeemer; therefore every child of 
God is a "redeemed" child through faith and union with 
Christy and all the redeemed children of God are the 
church of God through Jesus Christ: "According to the 
eternal purpose which he purposed In Christ Jesus our 
Lord. . .of whom the whole family in heaven and earth 
is named." Thus it was the eternal purpose of God to 
have a "people" (children or family) of His own and for 
Himself^ and t- is eternal purpose was to be accomplished 
in Christ, Therefore it could not become a reality un- 
til Christ should come and take away sin. There could 
be no redemption until sin was removed (forgiven) and 
the Holy Spirit of God, which was lost in the fall, 
could not be restored until sin was forgiven, and sin 
could not be forgiven until Christ should come and 
make an atonement (render satisfaction) for sin, "But 
this he spake of the Spirit, which they that believe 
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e^iven; because that Jesus was not yet glorified." 

Thus, the church of Jesus Christ , although purposed 
of God eternally arid determined from the foundation of 
the world; and whose membership includes all the re- 
deemed children of God of all ages, and whose organ- 
ization may be said to have begun when Jesus chose the 
twelve and gave them the office of apostles, yet it 
could not come into actual being until the atonement 
was made bv Christ on the cross .and the resurrection 
was accomplished and the baptism of the Holy Spirit 
was given on the day of Fentecost. Every true member 
of the church of Christ is born "of the Spirit 1 ]" and 
that could not be a reality until the Holy Spirit was 
*riven. Jesus said. M It is expedient for you that I 
go away, for if I go not away, the comforter will not 
come urto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto 
you J 1 

Thus we ms.y see, at least in part, why it was said 
of all those holy characters enumerated in the eleventh 
chapter of Hebrews: "These all died in faith, not 
having received the promises, but having seen them afar 
off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and 
confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the 
earth." And again: "And these all, having obtained a 
good report through faith, received not the promise; 
God having provided some better thing for us, that 
they without us should not be made perfect." (or com- 
plete) 

Thus we understand that they had an interest in the 
atoning work of Christ the same as we. Tiiay looked 
forward b^ faith to the time when Christ would take 
away their sin incurred through Adam, and the great day 
of the- out-pouring of the Spirit upon all flesh. They 
had the assurance that their sins would be removed and 
they would be included in the great family (church) of 
God through Christ. They "obtained a good report" 
(were certified) through faith to become members of the 
body of Christ as soon as it should become a fact. 
Jesus says "I will build my church," indicating some 
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A CHURCH, but Iff CHURCH. Also when He says "I !*ILL 
build," He indicates something that was then future. 
We believe it is still in the structural state and will 
not be complete until He comes and "gathers together 
in one the children of God that were scattered abroad." 
The Apostle Faul says in Ephesians 2:20-21: "And are 
built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, 
Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In 
whom all the building fitly framed together groweth 
into an holy temple in the Lord." 

The Apostle Paul was specially and miraculously 
chosen by Christ to be one of the builders of the great 
temple in the Lord, wherein he said that he "laboured 
more than they all." When he saw this great building 
in progress, his spirit by the "knowledge in the . 
mystery of Christ," could soar beyond his own time and 
earthly bounds, "To the intent that now unto the 
principalities and powers in heavenly places might be 
knox^n BY THE CHURCH the manifold wisdom of God." Thus 
we understand the apostle to say that the church would 
be God's proof and demonstration to the heavenly powers 
and beings of His manifold wisdom and love. 

No doubt this great redemption, and the manner by 
which it would be accomplished, were some of the 
"things which the angels desired to look into." There 
are many in our time who have accepted a school of 
interpretation that supposes that the prophets did not 
see this great church age, but we humbly sutmit here 
to our readers that it is the thing which they did 
see. "Of which salvation the prophets have inquired 
and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace 
that should come unto you: Searching what or what 
manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them 
did signify, when it testified beforehand of the suf- 
ferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. 
Unto whom it was revealed that not .unto themselves 
but unto us they did minist er the things which are 
now repo rted u nto you by them that have preached the 
gospel with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; 
which things the angels desired to look into." 



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When our first parents were deceived in Eden and 
disobeyed God, no doubt the angels looked on with great 
concern and amazement and wondered what would be done. 
Would the great plan of God to have a people be defeat- 
ed and all now be lost? But soon came the announce- 
ment: "The seed of the. woman would" bruise the serpent's 
head." This meant salvation by redemption, but how 
would it be done? In like manner it was revealed to 
the holy prophets that redemption arid salvation was 
assured. They prophesied of the ,r sufferings of Christ 
and the glory that should follow/ 1 which was the great 
Spirit age, when the Spirit of God would be poured out 
on all flesh. "Until the Spirit be poured upon us ■■ 
from on high, and the wilderness be a fruitful field 
and the fruitful field be counted for a forest. 1 '. "And 
it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out ' 
my Spirit upon all flesh. . . And also upon the ser- 
vants and upon the handmaid in those days will I pour 
out my Spirit." And when this great baptism of the 
Holy Spirit took place on the day of Pentecost, Peter- 
being full of the Holy Ghost said, "This is that which 
was spoken by the prophet Joel." 

There are two states or conditions in which the 
church exists. The one we call the church militant 
and the. other the church triumphant. The first is a 
passing state, and the latter is the final or perfect 
state. The church militant is the state and condition 
in which the church is in the world and in conflict 
with her foes while waiting for the return of her Lord' 
Jesus Christ. This is the tribulation period of the 
church. Jesus said, "In the world ye shall have tri- 
bulation, but in me ye shall have peace." How bitter 
the conflict and how great the peace of the children 
of God in Christ* s redeeming love are abundantly told 
in the history of the nearly two thousand years of the 
sojourn of the church of Christ in the world. It is 
with the church as it was with Christ" her Lord, "Who 
in the days of his suffering. . . offered up praters 
with strong crying and tears," and "became obedient 
unto death, even the death of the cross, wherefore God 



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hath highly exalted him and given him a name which is 
above ev^ry name." As the sufferings of Christ had an 
end and He was exalted far above the heavens, sc the 
tribulation of the church will end, and she will then 
become the church triumphant, Jesus said, ,r If they have 
have hated me they will hate you/' u Ye are not of the 
world because -I am not of the world, therefore the 
world hateth ycu," "And the dragon was wroth with the 
woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her 
seed, which keep the commandments of God and have the 
testimony of Jesus Christ." 

In the church militant there are foes within as 
well as without, "For there are certain men crept in 
unawares, who were before of old ordained to this con- 
demnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God 

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also 
loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he 
might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of 
water by the word, That he might present it to him- 
self a glorious church, not having spot, or wrin- 
kle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy 
and without blemish. — Ephesians 5:25-27 



into lasciviuusness, and denying the only Lord God, 
and our Lord Jesus Christ." "These are spots in your 
feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding 
themselves without fear, etc." (Jude 4:12} "For many 
walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you 
with weeping^ that they are the enemies of the cross 
of Christ."' (Fhilippians 3:18) 

Because such conditions and characters can be in the 
church of Christ while in her earthly pilgrimage and 
militant state, and it can not always be known who are 
the true children, and who are these wicked ones, it 
has caused many in the past and also in the present 
time y to suppose that the church of Christ is wholly 
invisable, not knowing how otherwise to account for 
these evil characters in the church or to reconcile 
this condition with the church that is without "spot 
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l&tionship between Christ and His church is a "mysti- 
cal" union, yet in sc real a manner that the members 
are known to one another and have the closest relation 
and fellowship together. The apostles were fully aware 
of the location of the churches in their time end who 
the members were. We believe that there is nothing in 
the world any more real and visible than the church of 
Jesus Christ. It is so real that it has been bitterly 
persecuted from the first ages of its existance unto 
the present time, and undoubtedly will be until the 
Lord comes. It has been estimated that the Martyrs 
of the church during the dark ages numbered fifty 
million. 

We therefore share the view of the church historian 
who said, "The future must reveal whether Christianity 
can be upheld without the Divine Institution of the 
church, vis: whether the soul can live without the body, 
whether it will not at last resolve itself -into a ghost 
or gnostic fantom, as certainly as the body without 
the soul sinks into a corpse. Meanwhile we hold to 
the maxim: VT here Christ is, there is the church, His 
body; and where the church Is, there also is Christ 
her head, and all grace; and what God hath joined to- 
gether let not man put asunder. M 

Space does not permit us to tell of the church 
triumphant, but we refer the reader to Hebrews 12:22- 
24 and Revelation 5:9-14 ^nd Revelation 7. 

—Daniel F. Wolf 



POWER OF GOD UNTO SALVATION 

For I am not ashamed cfthe gospel of Christ, for 
it is the power of God unto salvation , to everyone, 
thatTbelieveth. (Romans 1:16) 

How true; how sin cleansing; how wonderful! 

The saving power of the gospel of Christ can even 
rescue t^ose so near the falls of destruction. The 
saving life line Is there, for all wh# "lay hold on 
eternal life" (I Timothy 6:12) can be sure of Salvation. 



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God the Father is all powerful, as we read, "For as 
the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to 
the Son to have life in himself; And hath given him 
authority to execute judgment also, because he is the 
Son of mar," (John 5:26,27) 

Jesus Christ is the Word of God (Revelation 19:13) 
even from the beginning. (John 1:1) . So His Word can 
be salvation or destruction according to our choice I 
He will say, "Come ye blessed of my Father, inherit 
the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of 
the world, 11 or "Depart from me ye cursed into everlas- 
ting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels. 1 ' 
(Matthew, 25:34,41) 

So we see that the gospel of Christ is "the power 
of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth," 
It is also the power of God to everlasting destruction, 
as we read, "And to you who are troubled rest with us, 
when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with 
his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance 
on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel 
•f our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with 
everlasting destruction from the presence of God, and 
from the glory of his power; When he shall come to be 
glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them 
that believe (because our testimony among you was be- 
lieved) in that day." (II Thessalonians 1:7-10) 

"The goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance." 
(Romans 2:4) 

"For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation 
not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world 
worketh death. " (II Corinthians 7:10) 

"But without faith It is impossible to please God: 
for he that cometh to God must believe that he Is and 
that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek 
him." (Hebrews 11:6) 

"He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; 
but he that believeth not shall be damned." (Mark 16: 
16) These steps with the laying on of hands (Hebrews 
6:2) lead us to God; the resurrection of the dead and 
eternal judgment bring us under the power of God unto 
Salvation.' 



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I was lost without Him 

Going downward way, 
Living on to doubt Him, 

Fifht without a day. 

When I heard Him calling 

"Come, come unto ke» n 
Soon before Him falling, 

Blinds but now I see. 

Powerful word receiving 

Light began to shine, 
Hopefully believing, 

promises are mine. 

When I came repenting, 

Bowed beneath the wave, 
To His word consenting; 

He has power to save. 

the joy of living 

Rear unto His word, 
the thrill of giving 

All unto the Lord. 

the bliss of feeling 
power to take me home, 

the rest of kneeling 
Closer to Thee come. 

Travel upward going 

On the narrow way. 
Healing waters flowing, 

Lighter grows the day. 

Just beyond the river 

(Soon be passing through) 

paradise forever, 
All things are made new. 

—J. I. Cover 

California 



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EDITORIAL. . . 

THE PRICELESS INHERITANCE OF SALVATION 

Recently I heard of a story in a leading secular 
magazine of a young man — a hippie type — that could be 
almost a modern version of the prodigal son* I would 
like to relate it here and use it as a parable to help 
us appreciate the priceless gifts of God. 

This Los Angeles man was the owner of a small busi- 
ness. One of his distant customers was paying a bill 
($590) in the form of a .deposit to his account at a 
local bank* All was in order and the money was sent. 
But someone at the bank made an error, and the sum the 
bank deposited to his account was $590,000, about the 
amount of a lifetime of top wages* The young man im- 
mediately withdrew the money and proceeded to invest 
It fairly wisely in savings and loan associations which 
could offer him the highest interest rate* This amount 
of money would now earn him nearly $75 V eT ^ a 7^ so he 
began to "live It up." He rented the finest limosine 
in the city complete with chauffeur. He smoked the 
best cigars* He bought the most expensive clothes and 
began to treat his girl friends at the swankiest res- 
taurants in Hollywood.' After all, he was a wealthy 
man! 

In the meantime, the bank officials discovered the 
error* They found the young man and told him he must 
return the money as it really was not his. When the 
money was returned and he was stripped of his finery 
after two weeks of 'riches, he found that he had spent 
just about the* amount rightfully his plus the interest 
which the bank allowed him to claim. He was once again 
where he started with nothing to show for his short en- 
counter with wealth* 

We would like to consider two ways in which this 
story can apply to humanity. First, have we not all 
received from God -a priceless treasure? It is called 
life, and it includes a lifetime of opportunities: 
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raise our own families , to worship God freely, to eat, 
sleep, breath and the host of other blessings we take 
for granted* These blessings were not given to us by 
mistake, but they really are not our own, and someday 
they will all be reclaimed. What will we do with our 
treasure? Will we squander it like the young man? 
Will we live to ourselves and when we leave this life 
will we turn it all over to the rightful Owner and be 
penniless? In a sense we will do this, but there are 
also ways in which our lives can be useful as we help 
others, work diligently, invest wisely and multiply 
the blessings God has given. 

So far we have spoken of earthly things. The second 
way the parable can apply to us is spiritually. Chris- 
tians have been given a treasure far greater than 
wealth or earthly life* We have been given the price- 
less inheritance of salvation. We did not earn it but 
it has been given to us freely. Again, it was not 
given by mistake. But someone did earn it at great 
cost. Jesus 1 blood was shed that this great treasure 
might be presented to us. It includes forgiveness of 
our sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit. It is new 
life, peace with God, and freedom from condemnation. 

How will we use the treasure that we now own by the 
grace of God? Do we think that now we are in the 
church we can sit back and enjoy the privileges and 
blessings and have no responsibility to anyone else? 
Can we lay it up in a napkin so we will not have to 
decide how to use it? Is there nothing to do now but 
"live it up? 1 ' 

Paul writing to Timothy told him, n Timothy, keep 
that which is committed to thv trust. . . M And also, 
"Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up 
the gift of God, which is In thee by the putting on of 
my hands/' 

Jesus said, "Ye are the salt of the earth: but if 
the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be 
salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be 
cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are 
the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill 



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cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put 
it under a bushel > but on a candlestick; and it giveth 
light unto all that are in the house . Let your light 
so shine before men, that they may see your good works, 
and glorify your Father which is in heaven. 

In Jesus 1 parable of the talents, the servants were 
■required, according tc their ability, to invest and 
trade the money given to them and to gain by this wise 
use. When the lord returned, he did not even ask for 
his money back. This was a test, and the lord required 
faithfulness'. He gave his faithful servants advance- 
ment and authority. The unfaithful servant lost even 
his one talent, and it was given to the one who had 
ten* In our lives as well,, the reward Is for faith- 
fulness. And this does not mean that we wox^k our way 
to Heaven. Jesus paid the price to ransom our souls. 
Our required response tc the gift of salvation is 
faithfulness and loving service. We are weak and of 
varied abilities, but God knows this better than we 
do and He helps us every step of the way. Without Him 
we can do nothing. 

In the case of the young man, there were those wait- 
ing to take any amount of his money he was willing to 
waste. So in our spiritual life, Satan is ready to rob 
us of our spiritual gifts If we are willing to squander 
them.. He will see that our prayers and our meditation 
time are crowded out if we are not determined to de- 
velop good, habits of devotion to God. He will make 
good deeds appear useless or perhaps selfish. He will 
come between- brethren, and rob us of our peace if we 
allow-: it. Satan will' take' our children and our very 
souls if we in our hearts do not consecrate them wholly 
to God. Jesus'' message of warning to the weak but 
faithful church In Philadelphia was, "Behold, I come 
quickly: held that fast which thou hast, that no man 
take thy crown.' 1 = — L.C. 



I have held many things in my hand and I have lost 
them all. But that which I have placed in the hands 
of God I still posess. — Martin Luther 



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HISTORICAL 
THE SPREAD OF CHRISTIANITY *- SCANLaNAVIA 
III. Norway 

Before Norway was organized as a kingdom it was com- 
posed of many small kingdoms of Norsemen. These along 
with the other Scandanavian peoples were the feared 
Norsemen who plundered and raided Europe. Many of the 
viking raids by the people living in what is now Nor- 
way took place against England. Consequently the Eng- 
lish Church played a greater role in bringing Chris- 
tianitv to this land than did the frankish missionaries 
from Hamburg. 

The Norwegian kingdom was established by King 
Harold I, the Falrhaired, by defeating other kings. 
When he died in 933 > he left a struggle for succession 
for his position. This was finally ended when Haakon, 
"the Good", his son A was crowned with the aid of Sigurd 
the Jarl. His success was due to his promise of land 
f* reform and his ability as a leader of men. Haakon had 
spent some time in England when he was young and was 
baptized there. It was he who first attempted to con- 
vert the Norwegian people. He sent to England to 
bring priests and missionaries after he had consoli- 
dated his power. He was not as successful as he had 
hoped possibly because the local leaders were also 
pap-an priests and felt they would lose power if they 
accepted Christianity. Indeed at one point he was 
forced to participate in a pagan ceremony or face the 
lass of his throne. Later he is said to have regretted 
this action. 

Haakon was succeeded by his nephews. They had been 
baptized in England, Chief among them was Harold 
C-raafell. They actively destroyed many of the pagan 
temples, however, in such a manner that many of the 
people refused to accept Christianity. Harold Graafell 
was eventually killed in Denmark^ and Norway came under 
the Danish rule of Harold Bluetooth. He set up Haakon 
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grendson of Sigurd the Jarl accepted Christianity at 
the urging of Harold. Haakon was rather changeable 
and is reported to have been more inclined to lead 
raiding parties than to be interested in spreading 
the gospel. 

Olaf Tryggvason, great grandson of Harold the Fair- 
haired is riven credit for effective introduction of 
Christianity into Norway, He had been raised in exile 
in Russia and was reported to be the ideal Viking in 
strength and courage. His first campaigns were car- 
ried out from Russia, raiding England, Eventually he 
was baptized in the Scilly Islands. In 995 he sailed 
for Norway determined to claim the. throne of Norway, 
He managed to gain the allegiance of Haakon and again 
forced him to be baptised. 

After Olaf had gained control of Norway,, he set out 
through the country presenting Christianity to the 
people. In many instances he forced baptism on the 
people. He was fearless , striking down pagan images > 
destroying pagan temples and often killing those who 
opposed him. By 999> he had achieved nominal conver-- 
sion of the Norwegian people. Olaf died as he had 
lived — in battle. Trapped In a naval battle with the 
Swedes end the Danes, he leaped into the sea to his 
death. 

From 1000 to 1015, Norway was the scene of politi- 
cal chaos. In 1015 3 Olaf Haraldsson began a campaign 
to reunite Norway. He completed this task and achieved 
independance from wSweden in 1019. Once again bishops 
labored throughout the land to convert those who had 
fallen back Into paganism. Force once again was used 
but not to the extent used by Olaf Tryggvason. With 
the reign of Olaf Haraldsson, the people reached the 
point at which the predominant religion was Christian- 
ity and would remain* so until the present. 

After the death of Olaf in 1030, Norway again came 
under the rule of Denmark whose king was Canute. One 
year after he died, Olaf was disinterred and it was 
claimed that his body was uncorrupted. Thereafter, a 
cult began with miracles attributed to Olaf, Using 
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was able to throw off the Danish rule. Olaf later was 
canonised as Norway's first patron saint. 

Today the state church of Norway is the Evangelical 
Lutheran Church, Although ninety- seven percent of the 
Norwegian people belong to this church, there is free- 
dom of religion allowing other denominations to exist. 

—Glen W. Shirk, M.D. 
Stockton, California 






BAPTISM 

This rite cur blest Redeemer gave 

To all in Him believing; 
He leads us through this hallowed wave, 

To His example cleaving. 

I'll follow then my glorious Lord, 

Whatever the ties I sever; 
He saved my soul, and left His Word 

To guide me now and ever. 

For me the cross and shame to bear, 
Dear Saviour, Thou wast willing 

Nor would I shrink Thy yoke to wear, 
All righteousness fulfilling. 

Jesus to Thee I yield my all; 

In 'Thy kind arms enfold' me; 
My heart is fixed — no fears appall — 

Thy gracious power shall hold me. 

— Sylvanus E. Phelps 



We cf the Salida congregation were made to rejoice 
again when another precious soul, namely Wayne Crawmer, 
was received into our fellowship en June 6, by a 
public confession of faith and holy baptism. 

—Daniel F. Wolf 



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CHILDREN'S PAGE 
ANSWER TO PRAYER Acts 12:1-19 

The follcwersof Jesus were called Christians be- 
cause they believed in Christ, These Christians were 
also called T 'the Church' 1 . The number of Christians 
was growing by hundreds , and soon the rulers began to 
be alarmed and decided to persecute the church* James , 
one of the twelve apostles, was killed, and Peter was 
put in prison. King Herod ordered sixteen soldiers to 
guard him day and night with tw» of them chained to 
Peter , one on either side. Without God f s help, escape 
was impossible. 

While Peter was in prison the Christians were pray- 
ing to God for his deliverance. I doubt that King 
Herod believed in prayer or the power of God, but Peter 
did. King Herod was going to bring Peter before the 
people to decide what they were going to do with this 
leader of the hated Christians. The night before Peter 
was to be tried, something miraculous happened in the «^ 
prison. As Peter, bound with chains, was sleeping be- 
tween two soldiers with other soldiers guarding the 
doers, the angel of the Lord appeared in the prison 
and struck Peter on the side saying, "Arise up ouickly." 
And the chains fell off Peter's hands. The angel said, 
"Get your sandals on and get dressed and follow me." 

Peter went out following the angel who went past the 
soldiers till they came to the large iron gate of the 
prison. This gate, which was built to keep prisoners 
from escaping, opened of its own accord without help 
from the angel or Peter. Peter thought he was dream- 
ing, but when they had passed outside the angel left 
him. Then Peter came to himself and realised he was 
out of the prison, free to go where he desired. The 
Lord had delivered him from the hand of Herod. 

When Peter thought about it, he went to the house 
of Mary, the mother of John and Lark, where many 
Christians were gathered together praying for Peter. 
God had answered their prayers. — Rudolph Cover 



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"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul/ 1 Peter 2: 1 1 



JESJS, ROSE OF SHARON 

Jesus, Rose of Sharon, bloom within my heart; 
Beauties of Thy truth and holiness impart, 
That where'er I go my life may shed abroad 
Fragrance of the knowledge of the love of God. 

Jesus, Rose of Sharon, sweeter far to see 
Than the fairest flowers of earth could ever be, 
Fill my life completely, adding more each day 
Of Thy grace divine and purity, i pray. 

Jesus, Rose of Sharon, balm for every ill, 
May Thy tender mercy 1 s healing power distil 
For afflicted, souls of weary, burdened men, 
Givinp- needy mortals health and hope again. 

Jesus, Rose of Sharon, bloom forevermorej 
Be Thy glor^ seen on earth from shore to shore, 
Till the nations own Thy sovereignty complete, 
Lav their honors down and worship at Thy feet. 

— By Ida A. Guirey 



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TO THE JEW FIRST 

n Fcr I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for 
it is the power of God unto salvation to every one 
that belie veth; to the Jew first , and also to the 
Greek." (Romans 1:16)' 

A nation was tc be born. Abraham, called by God 
to leave his country of Haran I! untc a land that I 
will shew thee . T1 started southward till he came to 
Canaan land. He became a good and mighty chief tain, 
drawing nearer unto God, who at many times talked 
directly to him to show him the way. 

He finally came to Melchisedek, King of Salem 
(Jerusalem) who brought Abraham bread and wine as he 
returned from rescuing Lot from captivity. Melchize- 
dek blessed Abraham as they were together, end it 
seems that some of his spirit rested upon Abraham as 
the;'- both invoked the Most High God in that happy 
meeting. 

Abraham, tested and tried , became the friend of 
2?J~U the father of many nations , the f ounder of the 
J ewis h race , the father of the faithful of the ages, 
and in charge of Abraham T _s bosom, the paradise of rest. 

The new race was born by circumcision which follows 
this new race down through the ages. 

Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were devoted men of God 
in succession. Jacob had twelve sons who became the 
twelve tribes of the children of Israel, growing until 
the. time of Moses. 

God loved His people and spoke to Moses before 
I ount Sinai saying: "Ye have seen what I did unto 
the Egyptians, and how I bear you on eagles 1 wings, 
and brought you unto myself. Now therefore, if ye 
will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then 
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people: for all the earth is mine: And ye shall be 
unto me a kingdom cf priests, and an holy nation. 
These are the words thou shalt speak unto the children 
of Israel."" They promised, saying, "All that the Lord 
hath spoken we will do." (Exodus 19:4,5,6,8) From the 
top of Mount Sinai God spoke directly to them the Ten 
Commandments which are called the First Cov enant, 

The history of the ten tribes of the children of 
Israel is a history of wandering away from God who 
loved them. Yet a faithful line was continued "who 
feared the Lord and thought upon His name." They 
were faithful even unto death and became "so great a 
cloud of witnesses" forming a part cf the foundation 
for the Holy Temple of God. (Ephesians 2:20) Through 
this scarlet line of faith, our Lord Jesus came unto 
them, and the tame olive tree was planted. 

Along the path of time before Jesus came, the 
coming light was foretold by the prophets, and holy 
men cf God kept the faith of Abraham intact and pure. 
And so, with loving, careful selection, Jesus chose 
the "Twelve Apostles of the Lamb." (Revelation 21:14) 
And so Jesus kindly led them into the lessons of His 
love and truth until they were "rooted and grounded 
in love," (Ephesians 3* T -7) willing to give their 
lives for Him, 

When they heard His words of truth, saw His miracles 
and then His entering into death by cracifiction to 
take away our sins, and finally His glorious Resurrec- 
tion; then it was indeed they beheld the cleansing 
stream of life flowing from Jesus the glorious light 
of life. 

¥e should not forget the many faithful children of 
God of the children of Israel who accepted Jesus upon 
the day of Pentecost. These were the first who be- 
lieved on Him, were endowed with the Holy Spirit, were 
the divine instruments tc proclaim to all mankind the 
way of life and salvation. 

The Jews had the first chance to accept the Gospel 
of Christ -nd many did. And It is possible that a 
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serving Him unto this day. We know it is by faith. 

The linestalk of Salvation, 

The way of holy faith, 
Began after creation 

And held unto the death. 

The Holy Spirit working 
Deep in the hearts of men; 

The hidden virtues lurking 

In thought and tongue and pen. 

God kept the home -fires burning 

Deep in the brave and true; 
The intense secret yearning 
To live and love and do. 

The way of truth be seeking, 

Abhoring evil ways; 
Though sin was rank and reeking, 

A few the Lord would praise. 

Time prophets words would treasure, 
Telling the King would come 

In sure and steady measure 
And point the way to home. 

The Lamb would go to slaughter 

To take away our sin. 
That every son and daughter 

A chance of life to win. 

He came first to His own ones 
To show the Happy Place, 

Then turned unto His lone ones 
Of every tribe and race. 

— J. I. Cover 

Sonora, California 



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"THE WORDS OF MY MOUTH" 

Unafraid^ the young Christian faced his accusers. 
He paused in his defence before the council as he could 
see that his words were having no effect — that the 
judges were united against him. The charge was blas- 
phemy — speaking against God. His defence was long and 
given with stnceretyj he was a good speaker and filled 
with the Spirit, It included instances related from 
Israel T s history such as when God called Abraham and 
started something new and better, and examples of envy 
such as Joseph ! s brethren and Moses 1 first approach to 
his people as a deliverer. He mentioned the prophecy 
of Moses that one like him would come and they would heai 
Him. Stephen wanted them to know that something new 
and better was now being done by God, and that the 
Prophet like Moses had come and that they should hear 
Him. But his sincere words could not penetrate their 
hard hearts. 

Seeing the anger and prejudice against him, Stephen 
suddenly gave cut a denunciation that could only mean 
death to him. "Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in 
heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: 
as your fathers did, so do ye. Which of the prophets 
have not - our fathers persecuted? and they have slain 
them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; 
of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers: 
Who have received the law by the disposition of angels 
and have not kept it." 

The high council room was no longer a place of fair 
trial end wise judgment. They were cut to the heart 
and they gnashed on him with their teeth. 

Stephen, one of the first deacons and the first mar- 
tyr of the Church of Christ was stoned as he called 
upon God saying, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." and 
"Lord, lav not this sin to their charge." Stephen died 
for the Lord because of the words he spoke. 

flow important are cur words! Jesus said, "But I say 
unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, 
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For by thy words thcu shalt be justified, and by thy 
words thou shalt be condemned." 

Some of our most important words are spoken at bap- 
tism when we publicly confess the Lord. Romans 10:9^10 
says, "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the 
Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God 
hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; 
and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." 

Most of us may never have the opportunity or ability 
to testify in the way Stephen did. But we use words 
constantly, and it is important how we use them. Our 
conversation is perhaps the greatest way we use words. 
Conversation In the Scriptures means "behavior or man- 
ner of life," but this includes our words spoken as 
well. Peter exhorts that we have our "conversation 
honest among the Gentiles." he recommends "holy con- 
versation/ 1 "chaste conversation," and "good conver- 
sation." Paul writes to Titus that we "speak evil of 
no man, ,r (Titus 3*2) and James writes the same: "Speak 
net evil one of another." (James 4:11)' The wise man, 
Solomon, wrote (Proverbs 15:1,2) "A soft answer turneth 
away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. The 
tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but fools 
pour cut foolishness," 

Testimony can be a part of our conversation. If 
cur lives do net shew as a testimony for the Lord, 
then our words will have little effect. But if we 
live our lives for the Lord, then we should let our 
words bear testimony to this fact. It is a temptation 
to me, and perhaps to others too, to let earthly ac- 
tivities and interests dominate ' cur conversation. 
There is a place for healthy discussions regarding 
our daily experiences and our work. But there is also 
a place for testimony regarding what the Lord is doing 
for usj and for" spiritual discussions on scriptural 
subjects. V 7 e talk most about what we are most Interes- 
ted in. "Gut of the abundance of the heart the mouth 
speaketh," 

Another category of our use of words is that of 



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preaching the Word. We are not all preachers y but we 
can all uphold this important -work as it is ordained 
of God, God has chosen ft by the foolishness cf preaching 
to save them that believe. " (l Corinthians 1:18) Some- 
one remarked ©nee, !T Vhat is more foolish than for a 
man tc stand in front ©f a group of people and preach?" 
I believe this is only foolishness in the sight of men. 
!: But Gcd hath chosen the foolish things of the world 
to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the week 
thinrs of the world to confound the things which are 
mighty." (1:2?) Anything that God has seen fit to use 
as a means of bringine* men and women to salvation in 
Jesus Christ is surely rot foolishness in God ! s sight 
or in the sig^t of His people. 

T '--e can °nd should support our ministers who preach 
the Gospel faithfully. We should pray for them. and' 
for the ministry- of the Word throughout the world, 
^ut we should not feel that it is totally the minis- 
ters 1 responsibility to spread the Gospel. 

Turning again to the life of Stephen: he was c 1 osen 
a deacon j one who would help supervise the physical 
work of the new Church cf Jesus Christ which was grow- 
4 rr so rapidly,. The seven deacons were "appointed over 
t v e business 11 of serving tables so the twelve apostles 
would rot have to leave the ministry of the Word of 
God* But Stephen was ir a man full of faith and of the 
Tol Tr Ghost. !I He was not one to keep ouiet^ though his 
office did not necessaril- recuire him to preach. The 
account sa^s he was full cf faith and power and did 
great wonders and miracles among the people. Soon 
there were some disputing with him and as he speke 
with them,, "They were net able to resist the wisdom 
and the spirit by which he spake. !r With Stephen it 
must have been like it was with Peter and John. When 
they were called in Question for preaching the Gospel 
and for healing a lame man > the* replied, mI For we can- 
n.ft but sneak the things which we have seen and heard. 11 

To confess the Lord and to testify for Tim is our 
duty. It has been commanded over and over again, but 
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from the burning bush He told him to go to Pharaoh and 
demand the release of the people of Israel, Among 
other protests, Loses replied to the Lord, "0 my Lord, 
I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou 
hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, 
and of a slow tongue.' 1 Ckd T s answer to Loses is good 
for us to remember today; "Who hath made man T s mouth? 
or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the 
blind? have not I the Lord? Now therefore go, and I 
will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt 
say„" 

James has much to say about the tongue. He writes, 
"And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. .... 
But the tongue can no man tame; it Is an unruly evil, 
full of deadly poison. • .•" He concludes with "Who 
Is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? 
let him shew out of a good conversation his works with 
meekness of wisdom." 

We must conclude that by ourselves we are not able 
to 'Control our tongues or to speak words profitable 
and wise. But God who made man : s mouth can control 
it. We must give cur lives to Him and ask for His 
help in controlling and using our tongues, 

"Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of 
my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, Lord, my 
strength, and my Redeemer, » (Psalms 19; 14) — L.C. 



The story is told of a young man who was preparing 
for a long trip. He told his friend, T, l am just about 
packed, I only have to put in a guidebuck, a mirror, 
a microscope, a lamp, a telescope, a volume of fine 
poetry, a book of songs, a package of old letters, a 
few biographies, a sword, a hammer and a set of books 
I f ve been studying , " 

" But you can*t get all that into your bag,!! said 
his friend. 

n 0h yes I can," he replied. "It doesn't take much 
room," With that he placed his Bible in the corner of 
his suitcase and closed the lid. 

— Selected 



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TRADITION— GOOD OR BAD? 

Tradition is fast becoming a dirty word. The mere 
mention of It produces in many people strong feelings 
of revulsion and dismast. Usually It is applied to 
practices of long standing (ivebster's definition of 
the term) without regard to whether such practices are 
explicitly outlined in Scripture or only implied. 
Those who uphold tradition of any sort are often looked 
upon with contempt and given the label of Pharisee. 
The root of such attitudes is anchored In a carnal 
spirit , but part of the problem may lie in a super- 
ficial analysis, or ignorance of the Scriptures" per- 
taining to tradition. I believe that careful study 
will reveal that there is "good tradition 1 * as well 
as "bad." 

There are two G reek words translated "tradition" 
in the New Testament. One is used only In I Peter 
1:18 and Is defined by Thayer's Greek-English lexicon 
as "handed down from one's fathers or ancestors." The 
other is defined as "a giving over which is done by- 
word of mcuth or in writing, . . what is delivered, 
the substance of the teaching." The one who does the 
teaching is not identified in this definition. This 
must be discovered in the context. 

T e come upon the term first in the Gospels. The 
scribes and Pharisees criticized Jesus 1 disciples be- 
cause they "transgress (ed) the tradition of the el- 
ders." (Fatthew 15:2) Jesus, in turn, severely scored 
the Pharisees, not because they followed the tradition 
of the elders, but because they had elevated it above 
God's commandments. Anv tradition which counters or 
negates God's eonmandments is BAE tradition. 

In Galatians 1:14 and In Colossians 2:8, Paul refers 
to Jewish traditions. In the first he identifies his 
seal for the traditions of his fathers with his pre- 
Christian life. In the latter text he shows the tradi- 
tions of men as being not only pre-Christian but 
actually anti-Christian. 

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trouble the Apostle Paul had with the Judaizers and 
their traditions , he did not allow himself to become 
childishly peeved with the term. Rather, he recognized 
the importance of traditions in the establishment of 
Christianity. He did not go to Corinth and say, "Now 
yen people here at Corinth are going to have to decide 
for yourselves what it will mean to yeu to be a Chris- 
tian in ycur culture." This was because he knew that 
in a very real sense they were children — spiritual 
children — who needed the wise instructions of a father 

to guide them, in learning the walk, of faith, and he 
commended them wherein they had followed. (I Corinthi- 
ans 11:2) 

Many In our day. fail to realize how Important it is 
to those who are ycung in faith as well as in years to 
have positive, stable instructions (traditions) to 
follow. Many ethers who have years of church member- 
ship behind them are still spiritually immature, and 
instead of being able to teach others have need to be 
taught, "which be the first principles of the oracles 
of God." Without good traditions to follow, we too 
easily slip Into the state of "every man doing that 
which is right in his own eyes." 

Now, what are good traditions? In II Thessaionians 
2:15 Paul says: "do then, Brethren, stand firm and 
hold fast to the traditions and instructions which you 
were taught by us, whether fr~ our word of mouth or 
by letter." (Amplified) Apostolic traditions or in- 
structions, then, are good traditions. As such, we 
may not regard them on a take-it-or-leave-it basis. 
Indeed, in II Thessaionians 3:£ the Apostle Paul in- 
dicates that the following of the traditions and in- 
structions received from him was of such importance as 
to warrant the withdrawal and separation from those 
who refused to follow them. Perhaps this is one reason 
why many who react against tradition seem to get in- 
digestion when they read Faults epistles or must re- 
late with those who hold them to be God's Word which 
is not to be tampered with or disregarded. 

Now, was the Apostle Paul building in II Thessalo- 



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nians what he had torn down in Gaiatians? Indeed notl 
The traditions and instructions which he delivered 
were then, and continue to be, vital to the walk of 
faith in Jesus Christ, the walk in the Spirit. They 
lead men into the "obedience of faith" which he was 
commissioned to preach and build among all nations 
(Romans It 5) > and without which many people will be 
bitterly disappointed in the day of judgment. (Luke 

6:46-49) 

Interestingly enough, those in our day who casti~ 
gate "tradition" and "traditionalists" are not without 
tradition themselves. Instead of freeing themselves 
from tradition, they have only traded traditions. 
Theirs may be a tradition of open rejection of certain 
Scriptural instructions. Or it may be the apparently 
innocuous or so-called spiritual " seeking for the will 
of God for our day t! (apart from the Scriptures). It 
may be a tradition of accommodation to worldly living 
patterns that has come about by default rather than 
by definite instruction but it is still t^dition. 
And this tradition seems to come just as close tc 
meriting the rebuke Jesus administered to the Phari- 
sees (that by their traditions they had made God's 
commandments of none effect) as many of the "traditions 
of moil" (additions to God ! s Word) to which they object. 

Beloved, let us be clear on this: &xp tradition 
which negates the commandments of God either b3^ dom- 
inating our teaching ei: .phases or by defiling cur prac- 
tice Is bad. On the ether hand, any tradition which 
aids us in living to God's glory, in being not con- 
formed tc this world but transformed into the image 
cf Jesus Christ is good. Apostolic tradition, if we 
do not divorce the pnrrpese from the form, does just 
that I Kay God help us to choose wisely which tradition 
we will follow. 

— By Vayne C. Yoder 

in !t The Sword and Trumnet" 



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THE HEAVILY JERUSALEM. 

Beyond the bounds of time, 

Across the sea of life, 
Where passion 1 s billows foam and toss 

In angry strife, 

There is a land so bright 
Where mortals cannot gaze, 

But wondering stand upon the verge 
In lost amaze, 

The hills of glory tower 

Majestic and sublime; 
Above the snow-capped peaks of earth. 

The Alps of time. 

Four square the city stands. 

The jasper walls that rise 
Are garnished bright with precious stones 

Of paradise. 

Mo storm cloud ever throws 

Its shadows on that shore; 
Nc lightnings flash along the sky, 

Or thunders roar. 

But from the throne of God 
There flews a crystal stream, 

And heaven 1 s pure light upon its clear 
Bright waters beam. 

And where 'that river flews, 

The tree of life appears, 
Yielding Its monthly fruit throughout 

Eternal years. 

There night shall never come 

Nor heaven's long day be o f er; 
God and the Lamb shall be their light 
evermore* 



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There white robed spirits bow 

Before the great I Am^ 
And worship Him who pardoned them 

Through Christ the Lamb. 

— Selected 



CARD OF TRAVIS 

I wish to thank my many friends and express my 
appreciation for their kind wishes and for remembering 
me at the Throne of Grace during my recent illness and 
lengthy stay in the hospital . 

— Amos Baker 
Maple ., Ontario 

ORDINATION 

Brother Melvin Coning was ordained to the full 
ministry on April 17, .1971 in the W&kaxusa, Indiana 
Church. May the Lord bless him and his companion in 
their new responsibilities. 

— Elmer Rrovont 



COM UNION NOTICES 

We, the members of Indiana, Ohio and Canada have 
chosen August 22nd for a Communion Meeting in Canada, 
and August 2Stb and 29th at the Eakamsa meeting 
house } the Lord walling. 

We extend a hearty invitation to members and friends 
to be with us at that time. 

— Elmer Brovont 

The Salida Congregation have set October 30th and 
31st for our Fall Lcvefeast ieeting, A hearty invita- 
tion is extended to members and friends to attend, 

—Daniel F. foolf 



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HISTORICAL 
THE SPREAD OF CHRISTIANITY — SCANDANAVIA 

IV. Finland 

Christianity was first introduced into Finland via 
the Swedish conquests of that land also known as 
Crusades. The first of these Crusades was lead by 
King Erik IX in 1155* Accompanying Erik was Bishop 
Henry of Upsala, an. Englishman, who remained in 
Finland and became active in the organization of the 
church there. Later he was martyred for his faith. 
Other Swedish Crusades in 1249 and 1293 not only 
established Swedish rule over all of Finland, but 
brought Christianity to the Finns as well* 

The Finns, being aligned with Sweden, were Influ- 
enced greatly by the teachings of Luther. One of 
their great advocates of these teachings was Bishop 
Mchael Agricola who completed a Finnish translation 
of the New Testament in 1548* Although formal rela- 
tions were broken with the Roman Church In 152.?, It 
was 1593 before the Lutheran Augsburg Confession was 
adopted as a basis for the state church. 

Today the Lutheran Church is the state church. 
Altogether about ninety-six percent of the Finnish 
population belong to this church. The remainder of 
the population is divided among a number of denomina- 
tions , one of the largest being the Greek Orthodox 
Church — a result of the neighboring Slavic influence 
on the Finns. 

V. Iceland 

Iceland was first settled in 874 by a group lead 
by Ingolfr Arnarson. This group included several 
o^andanavlan noW.es who were opposed to the harsh rule 
*f Harald the Fairhaired. The first known missionary 
to the island was Bishop Frederick of Saxony who came 
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preaching several years and making a few converts , 
Frederick became disenchanted and left because Thorwald 
was too willing to take human life. 

The next attempt to bring Christianity to Iceland 
came from Claf Tryggvason, In 996 , he sent Steven 
Thorgilsson, who was active in destroying pagan temples. 
Because of this the Althing or Parliament banished him. 
Another missionary, Thangbrand, was then sent. He was 
also a violent man and was returned to Norway for kil- 
ling several men. 

For awhile it seemed as though there would be open 
war between those who preferred the pagan rites and 
those who had become Christians. This was resolved 
when a compromise law was passed requiring all to be 
baptized but allowing pagan rites such as infanticide 
to continue. 

For centuries a certain amount of paganism remained. 
However, Christianity was the dominant religious force 
and finally gained advantage over the pagan rites. 
Like the other Scandanavian countries, the population 
of Iceland is predominantly Lutheran today. 



-Glen W. Shirk, ti.D. 
Stockton, California 



Don't try to live tomorrow 

Before ycu live today. 

To live each moment as it comes 

Is far the better way. 

Tomorrow you may never see 

But surely if vou do 

God who helped ^ou live today 

Fill help tomorrow too. 

— Selected 



BIRTH 



SHIRK — A son, Philip Andrew, bem on August 4, 1971 
to Glen and Lois Shirk of Stockton > Calif orr ia. 



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CHILDREN'S PAGE 
FAITH TO BE HEALED Acts 14:7-10 

L : c you believe that Jesus can do anything? If 
you do you have faith in Jesus. Paul and Barnabas 
were great workers for the Lord. They went from city 
to city and from place to place preaching about Jesus. 
They told about the wonderful miracles that Jesus did: 
h©w He could walk on the water, and when there was a 
storm on Lake Galilee He said!, "Peace 3 be still/' and 
there was a- great calm. They told how Jesus healed 
the sick, made the blind see ; caused the deaf to hear 
and even raised the dead to life. 

In the city of Lystra there was a man who was' 
crippled In his feet from the time he was born and 
had never walked. One day Paul and Barnabas came 
close to where this poor man was and started talking 
to the people about Jesus. The crippled man was 
sitting down because he couldn 1 ! stand en his feet. 
I suppose someone had to carry him wherever he 
went. As he listened to Paul, he believed that Jesus 
could do any thing. He was so thrilled about what 
Paul was saying that he forgot all about his crippled 
feet. Paul noticec. the crippled man and could see 
that here was one w r ho believed in Jesus ana that he 
had faith to be healed. As Paul continued to watch 
the man, he said to him with a loud voice, "Stand up 
on your feet. n 

The man was so interested in what Paul was telling 
about Jesus that he just stood up, and, sure enough, 
his feet were not crippled anymore but were strong 
enough so that he could leap and walk. I think that 
was the happiest day in his life.. Don*t you? The 
happiest day in your life can be when you really and 
truly believe that Jesus can do anything. 

Rudolph Cover 



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VOL. 18 SEPTEMBER, 1971 NO. 5 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul/ 1 Peter 2: 1 1 



CONSOLATION 

There is never a day so dreary 

But God can make it bright, 
And unto the soul that trusts Him, 

He giveth songs in the night. 
There is never a path so hidden, 

But God can lead the way, 
If we seek for the Saviour ' s guidance 

And patiently wait and pray. 

There is never a cross so heavy 

But the nail-scarred hands are there' 
Outstretched in tender compassion, 

The burden to help us bear. 
There is never a heart so broken, 

But the loving Lord can heal* 
The heart that was pierced on Calvary 

Doth still for His loved ones feel. 

There is never a life so darkened, 

So hopeless and unblessed, 
But may be filled with the light of God 

And enter His promised rest. 
There is never a sin or sorrow, 

There is never a care or loss, 
But that we may bring to Jesus 

And leave at the foot of the cross. 

— Selected by Susan R. Coning 



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AND ALSO TO THE GKE^K (Romans 1:16) 

After the day of Pentecost , the ingathering of the 
Jews was a bountiful harvest, and during the time fol- 
lowing that memorable day, the harvest of precious 
souls continued. Acts 6:7 reads: n And the word of God 
increased, and the number of the disciples multiplied 
in Jerusalem greatly, and a great company of the priests 
were obedient to the faith." This seems to be a climax 
of Christian growth among the Jews — the time of Stephen 
the great expounder and witness for God. 

After Stephen was stoned to death, great persecution 
came upon the Christians by Saul's (paul r s) open arrest, 
jailing and condemning to death all who would confess 
the name of Christ. 

In Acts 10 and 11 is told in a dramatic way how God 
chose to bring the Gentiles into His kingdom by Corne- 
lius and his company hearing the words of Peter. 
,f Then Peter opened his mouth and said: of a truth I 
perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in 
every nation he that feareth him and worketh righteous- 
ness is accepted of him. n 

Feter had been given the keys of the kingdom (tat- 
thew 16:19) and by his voice of authority/- said: "Repent 
and be baptised every one of you in the name of Jesus 
Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive 
the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto 
you and your children, and to all them that are afar 
off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call." 
And so the door was opened to the Jews. 

Ivow in the house of Cornelius, Peter opened the door 
to the Gentiles. Peter and the six brethren then be- 
held and heard a marvelous event: "While Peter yet 
spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them 
which heard the word. And they of the circumcision 
which believed were astonished, as many as came with 



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Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out 
the gift of the Holy Ghost, for they heard them speak 
with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, 
Can any man forbid water that they should not be bap- 
tized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as 
we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name 
of the Lord, Then prayed they him to tarry certain 
days." (Acts 10:44-48) 

The mighty work was done I Here merc2?- and salvation 
began to flow like a mighty river, and the middle wall 
of partition being overflowed, crumbled and was broken 
down (^phesians 2:14), for Jesus made it possible by 
His death upon the cross. Now the heralds of the cross 
could go everywhere inviting all to come to Jesus. 

Now the masses of slaves and freemen, tired and dis~ 
gusted by the viscious system of idolatry could leave 
their idols and idol worship and have joy and peace to 
accept "the new and living way" (Hebrews 10:20) and 
reap the full benefits of salvation — the saving of 
their souls and endless life (John 11:25,26) with Jesus 
our Redeemer, and the bondman and freeman unite in ser- 
vice to God. (I Corinthians 7:22) How wonderful it is 
that the nations of the whole world are now free to 
accept God on His terms and enjoy all the blessings 
"According as his divine power hath given unto us all 
things that pertain to life and godliness, through the 
knowledge of him that hath called us to glor3r and vir^ 
tue: whereby are given to us exceeding great and pre- 
cious promises: that by these ye might be partakers 
of the divine nature having escaped the corruption 
that is in the World through lust." (II Peter 1:3,4) 

Since the universal spread of the Gospel of Christ, 
the response has been wonderful, and unnumbered throngs 
have taken up the cross and followed our Leader Jesus 
faithful to death, and had many experiences as they 
left this world behind. So many have been persecuted 
and killed, and many suffered painful deaths, but God 
was near and beheld all. The loving angels carried 
them home, their sufferings over, their labor done. 

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Will- we -follow the faithful of all ages? Will we 
gladly follow our glorious Leader, our Redeemer, and 
King? 

For Jesus found me in the way, 
For I had heard Him calling, 
"Gome unto me," I heard Him say; 
I soon before Him falling . 

He lifted me and led me on 

Where lifes.pure water flowing, 
And now the. night is past and gone 

And I am upward going. 

Though I have wandered, yet He came 

And helped me in my sorrow; 
He healed the sick and blind and lame ■ 

And gave a bright tomorrow. 

C how His kind, forgiving way 

Has aided me in loving; 
He taught me how to watch and pray, 

And now for Him I'm moving. >^ 

He is my Saviour and my friend;' 

He died for my salvation; 
He will be with me to the end y 

And grant tc me my station. 

I'll live for Him and tell His love 

To those who hear Him calling; 
I long to be with Him above, 

With hosts to be enthralling. 

Before His Throne in bright array 

I hope to come before Him; 
When breaks the bright eternal day, 

I T 11 evermore : adore Him. 

— J. ' I. Cover 

Sonora, California 

Next: "THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD REVEALED" 



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EDITORIAL. . . CHRISTIAN SEPARATION 

The Christian doctrine of separation from the world 
is not a popular one today. But it is at least as 
important now as it ever has been in the history of 
the Church. We must learn it and teach it to our chil- 
dren and strive to practice it in our daily life. But 
in some periods of the Church's history. Christians- ' 
learned separation differently^ They found themselves 
facing persecution and separation simply because they 
were not allowed to mix and go unnoticed in the world. 
The dividing lines were clearly drawn. To profess to 
follow Christ meant discrimination, and one did not 
take this step without counting the cost in terms of 
physical suffering and risk of death. 

Today in our land the world seems to be friendly. 
And yet we dare not be deceived by it. With God there 
has been no change over the years. His standards re- 
main the same and His word is unaltered. The call 
still stands the same: "Wherefore come out from among 
them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not 
the unclean thing; and I will receive you." Yes, the 
world around us seems friendly sometimes. But is it 
really? In the words of the poet, "Is this vile world 
a friend to grace to help me on to God?" 

Perhaps it would be well to define what is meant by 
"the world." In one sense it is physical or "the 
earth." But it is mostly used in the scriptures to 
mean the people of the world or the world system. It 
is in this sense that Jesus used it in His prayer to 
the Father: "I have given them thy word; and the world 
hath hated them, because they are not of the world, 
even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou 
shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou 
shouldest keep them from the evil. The3^ are not of 
the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify 
them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou 
hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent 
them into the world." (John 17:14-18) So the world 
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is opposed to God, Satan is behind it and is. in fact 
its prince. It is embodied in people but it does not 
mean people as individuals. We are to love people and 
we are n sent into the world" as messengers to the peo- 
ple. But we are not to love the system or follow its 
trends, John writes, (I John. 2:15-17) "Love not the 
world, neither the things that are in the world. If 
any man love the world , the love of the Father is not 
in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the 
flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, 
is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the 
world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that 
doeth the will of God abide th for ever/ 1 God calls us, 
"Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partaker 
of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues," 
For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath 
remembered her iniquities." This shows a picture of 
the ungodly system that we do not see when the plea- 
sures of the world tempt us and appear so harmless and 
desirable. 

Considering this doctrine of separation reminds me 
of a picnic on the beach which we enjoyed recently, 
We ate our lunch right on the sand and it is very hard 
to keep the sand out of the food — especially with 
children moving around and wind. And anyone who has 
taken such a picnic knows there is a difference between 
sandy food and clean food. If there is not some sort 
of separation practiced, soon all the food will be 
sandy 1 

Another slant on this separation is made by the 
Savior in His Sermon on the Mount. He said, "Ye are 
the light of the world." A brother remarked in a ser- 
vice recently, "Is it possible that we, who are only 
common people, can be the light of the world? Yes it 
is true," The Lord uses common people who are willing 
to follow Him. "He fills them with His light and then 
they are the light of the world. Paul writes, "Be ye 
not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what 
fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? 
and what communion hath light with darkness?" 



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Surely we see darkness around us today. The condi- 
tions of sin, unbelief and disregard for God's ways 
make our separation and our witness more important 
than ever before. We cannot afford to be silent or 
at ease. To quote from J. Otis Yoder in The Sword an d 
Trumpet , ,! The Lord has never been happy to find His 
people at ease among those who hate Him/ 1 

If we are closely following the Lord today, there 
will be a difference in us and there will be the re- 
sulting necessary separation. We cannot partition off 
a portion of our life or experience and say, "There 
need be no difference here." Many have thought this 
about clothing. Clothes cannot make the heart right, 
true. But it should be apparent that if we are fol- 
lowing the world's trends in clothes (or no clothes) 
today, there is something wrong. On the other hand, 
a dear sister remarked not long ago in regards to plain 
clothes, "People take us for Christians and what is 
wrong with that?" 

We want to emphasize the importance of following 
the Lord. We should not watch the ways and fashions 
of the world and then try to be different or just a 
few steps behind. We have our standards well defined 
in God T s word. We do not need to watch those who have 
no standard to determine how we should act or not act. 
Perhaps our greatest problem here is not our lack of 
knowledge of the right ways but in being willing to 
practice what we do know as taught us by God's word 
and His Holy Spirit. 

It is not of the world when we confess our sins to 
God, when we repent and are baptized for their remis- 
sion and ask Jesus to be Lord and Savior and His Holy 
Spirit to be our guide. It is not worldly to be a 
member of the body of Christ and to have fellowship 
with His people. We are not following the world to 
dress modestly and plainly, to keep the ordinances of 
the Church of God such as communion, washing of feet, 
saluting our brethren with the holy kiss, observing 
God's order in prayer, etc. It is not of the world 
when we weep and pray for the lost, when we love our 



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enemies, when we "swear not at all" and when we turn 
the other cheek. It is not of the world to worship 
on the Lord's day or to dedicate efforts and income 
to Him, It is not worldly to forgive as we have been 
so abundantly forgiven. These things are not of the 
world; in fact, the world knows nothing about them and 
does not understand how they can be dene. These are 
from God. They are His standards and works, and with- 
out Him, we can do nothing. Truly, as one writer chose 
for his book title, Christians are "Separated unto God» n 
We can be if we give ourselves up and are willing to 
go all the way in God's service. — L.C. 



FAITH 

If I could feel my hand, dear Lord, in Thine, 

And surely know 
That I -was walking in the light divine 

Through weal or woe. 

If I could hear Thy voice in accents sweet, *n 

But plainly say, 
To guide my trembling, groping wandering feet, 
"This is the way." 

I would so gladly walk therein, but now 

I cannot see. 
Oh give me, Lord, the faith to humbly bow 

And trust in Thee I 

There is no faith in seeing. Were we led 

Like children here 
And lifted over rock and river-bed, 

No care, no fear, 

We should be useless in the busy throng, 

Life's work undone. j 

Lord, make us brave and earnest, true and strong 

Till Heaven is won. 

— Selected by Guy Hootman 



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TODAY 

I wonder h*w many we gave a cheerful greeting as 
we passed al#ng* Were we selfish, pure and pimple, 
as we rushed along our wayj or is someone mighty grate- 
ful for a deed you did today? Can ycu say tonight in 
parting with the day that is slipping fast, that you 
helped a single brother of the many that you passed? 
Did we waste the day or use it? Was it well or was 
it poorly spent? As you close your eyes in slumber, 
dc you think God would say, "Well done, press on. n ? 

Are we scattering thorns or roses, as we journey 
along ou r way? Dc people ask for blossoms of kind- 
ness and patience and prayer., or shrink from your 
sharp words so thorny, and cold glances so hard to 
bear? 

Now dear ones, pause and glance backward over the 
pathway Tour footsteps have trod, and see if the seed 
we are sowing has come from the garden of God, 

Remember we are only His stewards, and God expects 
our best for each and every day. When Christ comes 
to claim His people, may our work have been well done. 
And when we are called to .give an account of our deeds, 
both good and bad, we will not hear, "I never knew 
you; away and out of my sight. 11 but a much more wel- 
come greeting when our blessed Saviour will say to 
His faithful servants, "You have fought a good fight, 
I have a mansion, a house not made with hands, eter- 
nal in the heavens, awaiting ycu. Enter thou into 
the t ioy of our Lord," 

— E, Vik Alltus 

y-tdesto, California 



CCMSJNION NOTICE 

The Salida Congregation have set October 30th and 
31st for our Fall Lave feast Meeting. A hearty invita- 
tion is extended to mambers and friends to attend. 

—Daniel F. Wolf 



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CHRISTIAN CHARACTER, THE T33T OF GENUINE OBEDIENCE 

By James Quinter 

• 
The meaning of the heading of our present article is 
this: tohere there is a real, sincere, and evangelical 
obedience- to the divine requirements, a holy life will 
result. In other words, as the Holy Ghost is promised 
unto all that obey the Lord (Acts 5:32), and as God 
is faithful to His promises, wherever there is true 
obedience, there will the Spirit be, and where the 
Spirit is, there will be His fruits, which are "love, 
joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 
meekness, temperance (Galatians 5:22,23), the manifes- 
tations of a Christian character. And where there is 
no Christian Spirit or Christian graces manifested, and 
where no holy life is exhibited, there can be no real 
obedience, whatever may be the profession or practice. 
Or, to change our mode of expression, as we wish to get 
our ideas distinctly before the minds of our readers, 
who are they that keep the words of the Lord? The 
Savior says, "He. that hath my commandments, and keepeth 
'them,' he it is that loveth met and he that loveth me 
shall be loved of nr ; Father, and I will love him, and 
will manifest myself to him." (John 14:21) Sow -accord- 
ing to this language, they who keep the commandments 
-will be loved by the Father and by the Son. And the 
consciousness of being leved by these divine and glo- 
rious. Beings, cannot fail to produce humiliating, and 
at the same time the most joyful emotions. And then 
to have a manifestation of Christ to the soul I What 
an honor and privilege. is this; And can Christ in His 
heavenly glory manifest 'Himself to a soul, and that 
soul fail to feel the power and exhibit the effects of 
such a manifestation? What an effect was produced upon 
Moses by his long interview with the Lord on Lount 
Sinai. What a glory he brought down from the mountain 
from that manifestation of the, LoM to himl And when 
the people saw the marvelous conduct of some of the 
early disciples, "they took knowledge of them, that 
they had been with Jesus." So, in some degree, will 



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it ever be. Those to whom Christ manifests Himself, 
will exhibit in their lives some evidence of such mani- 
festations. And Ke will manifest Himself according to 
Kis promise to those who keep His commandments. . 

The apostle Peter's language, u Seeing ye have puri- 
fied your souls in obeying the truth/ 1 shows us the 
conseouenee of sincere obedience. It is the purifica- 
tion of the soul. And this consequence will not fail 
to fellow where the obedience is sincere and proper. 
The grand design of the whole scheme of redemption is 
the purification of the soul from sin, and its assimi- 
lation to the divine nature, in order that it may be 
prepared for the enjoyment of heaven and communion with 
God. And as this was the design of .God, He chose the 
means which was adapted tc this end, and, consequently, 
when the means are used, if the designed effect, the 
purification of the soul and the formation of .a Chris- 
tian character, do net follow, the cause of the failure 
must be sourht for, not in the means itself, but in the 
use or application of the means: for to attribute any 
^ deficiency to the means, would be casting dishonor upon 
the- Author of Salvation. 

As it was sin that marred the beautiful works of 
God, and deranged the order and harmony of the laws of 
the moral world, and separated mar from God, erasing 
the moral image of God from the human soul, the grand 
object of God in devising the scheme of redemption was 
to" counteract the effects of sin, and restore a holy 
character to man. Accordingly we find among the .first 
allusions to the work of reCempticn, the promise that 
the seed of the woman should bruise the ■ serpent f s head. 
And the apostle John declares, tT For this pur pore the 
Son of God was manifested, that* he might destroy the 
works of the devil. Tt (I John 3:8}/ Then as the..- grand 
object and aim of God. was to, destroy sin- and promote 
holiness in His creatures, this should be the. object of 
every Christian. 

"Oh happiness! 1 our being's end and aim. n This may 
be the ultimate end- and aim of our being, but as in- 
troductory to this, and ,as a preparation for it, a holy 
character is necessary. Kence, we meet with such 



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exhortations as the following in the Scriptures: " Fol- 
low after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, pa- 
tience, meekness," (I Timothy 6:11) "Follow peace with alo. 
all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see 
the Lord. 1 * (Hebrews 12:14) And as it was the great de- 
sign of God in devising the scheme of human redemption, 
and in sending Christ into the world, to provide means 
whereb^ men may "cleanse themselves from all filthiness 
of the flesh and spirit perfecting holiness in the fear 
of God," that they may "be holy and without blemish," 
So should all who profess to be "enlightened, and to 
have tasted, of the heavenly gift, and to have been made 
partakers of the Holy Ghost, and to have tasted the 
good word of God, and the powers of the world to come t " 
make the cultivation of a Christian character their 
first and great object. This should be considered by 
them the pearl of great price, and they should strive 
to obtain it, although they must sell all that they 
possess to purchase it. 

It should be distinctly understood by all who desire 
to enjoy the blessings and comforts of Christianity, ^ 
whether in the present or in a future world, or in both, 
or who wish to attain unto what God desires and designs 
they should attain unto, and to please and honor Him, 
that nothing less than a holy character will secure 
these most desirable ends. God will accept of no sub- 
stitute for holiness, ho profession however holy it 
may be; no zeal, however ardent, and whatever sacrifices 
it may make; no sincerity, whatever sufferings it may 
endure, will answer for a holy life. 

We have been long and painfully impressed with the 
fear that many look little or no further titan to the 
means themselves, and rest in these, while the great 
object, a Christian life, which the means of grace or 
obedience to the divine commands was designed to pro- 
duce, is not properly appreciated, nor pursued with the 
energy and determination necessary to secure success. 
It is one thing to go through the formal performance 
of certain actions or duties, and quite another thing 
to perform them with that carefulness, sincerity, and 
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in moulding our characters to give them the image or 
likeness of Jesus, 

There is much said in the present day both from the 
pulpit and the press , about obedience to God and about 
keeping the word of God.. The public taste is so far 
religious as to mak.Q. this phraseology or language sound 
agreeable and even pleasant to it. And all persons who 
make an^ pretension to a Christian character , admit the 
necessity of doing right — of doing certain things which 
they regard as duties. And these duties connected to- 
gether are made to assume the form of a rule of life 
or a creed, Now the living up to the orthodoxy of their 
creed is the sine qua non or the indispensable condi- 
tion of the religious lives of the great masses of the 
professing Christians of our times. We do not mean in 
referring to creed.s, merely those written forms that 
have been drawn up b^ r those to whom the authority has 
been delegated to make such laws and regulations for 
the government of religious societies, since there may 
be unwritten as well as written, and divine as well as 
ps human creeds. We mean by creeds, the recognized prin- 
ciples or rules for the government of those religious 
societies of which we are members. Those rules are fre- 
quently formed by human wisdom and authority, but some- 
times they are left as they are found in the Scriptures 
without any thing being added to them or taken from 
them. We feel there is danger of us all contending 
more for the correctness of our creeds, whether human 
or divine 3 than we do for the mortifying of our lusts , 
for the subduing of our passions, and for the resisting 
of sin In the various forms in which we meet it. 

It will avail us but little indeed, though our creed 
is as unobjectionable as the gospel itself, and though 
we are members of the true Church of Christ, If we have 
not experienced the transforming power of the gospel, 
in renewing our mings/ In reforming our lives, and in 
regulating our conduct. "The gospel is the power of 
Gcd unto salvation to every one that believes." That 
Is, to every one who believes It practically — who obeys 
it. And where there is no power in restraining us from 
sin, and to strengthen us to suffer for Christ, and to 



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labor for the advancement of His cause > in such, there 
can be no real belief, no true obedience. 

(To be concluded next issue.) 

Selected by Daniel F. Wolf 



One Step More 

What though before me all is dark, 

Why should I long to see? 
If God gives light for one step more 

'Tis quite enough for me, 

I find each onward step I take, 
The gloom clears from the next, 

And though 'tis very dark beyond, 
Why should I be perplexed? 

If mercy veils my fate from me, 
Why should I murmuring go? 

My present lot might harder be 
Did I the future know. 

With childish faith I 1 11 walk along 
My path while here I dwell, 

And trust my future lot to Him 
Who doeth all things well* 

Thus step by step I'll travel on, 

Kot looking far before, 
Trusting that I shall always have 

Just light for one step more. 

— Selected 



The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deli- 
verer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my 
buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high 
tower. —Psalm 18:2 



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HISTORICAL 

THE SFKLAD OF CHRISTIANITY — SOkNDAMVIA 

VI. Greenland 

The first European settlers of Greenland were lead 
by Erik the Red, a pagan who was forced to leave fcoxv 
way because of a murder charge. His son Leif brought 
Christianity to the settlement after being converted 
in IVerway during the rule of Olaf Iryggvascn. Although 
the Scandanavian colony never numbered more than sever- 
al thousand, it made possible the discovery of Vinland 
or what is now known -as the !>crth American continent. 
While sailing for Greenland after one of his adven- 
tures, Leif Erikson was blown off course discovering 
what he called Vinland (present day Canada) . This 
was the first known instance of a Christian reaching 
the North American continent although it had no last- 
ing significance. 

The small colony at Greenland continued to flour- 
ish, eventually building its own church and having 
Its own bishop. This bishop was held in high esteem 
and became the chief civil as well as ecclesiastical 
authority for the- island. eventually, however, the 
colony began to die out because of the problems of 
supplying it. By the end of the fifteenth century 
there were ne known Christians there. It has been felt 
that the last few persons of the colony became amal- 
gamated with the Eskimos. 

Greenland was rediscovered in 1535 and resettled 
in 1727 b T the lanes. Since then it has remained 
under Parish sovereignty with only several thousand 
Europeans. The remainder cf the population is Eskimo. 

References: 

l* A H?-5*£Z2 f'£ ffi e ^pension of Ch ristia nity, 
Kenneth Scott Latrurette.- 



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Encyclopedia Americana. 



— Glen Shirk, h.D. 
Stockton, California 



CHILDREN'S PAGE 
THE JAILOR BELIEVES Acts }6: 19-40 

Paul and Silas were In jail. They had taught the 
people in Macedonia about Jesus. Because they had 
healed a young girl who had an evil spirit, the people 
had caused them to. be cast into prison and beaten. 
How would you feel if you were in jail and your back 
had been cut with a cruel whip? I don't think I would 
feel like singing, would you? But Paul and Silas did. 
After the jailor had put them in the most secure place 
he could find and even had their feet locked in the 
stocks, Paul and Silas sang praises unto God. 
. It was midnight and the other prisoners heard Paul 
and silas singing. They felt honored that they could 
be worthy to suffer for their Lord. 

All at once there was a great earthquake, and the 
prison shook so that all the doors came open and every 
prisoner that had been chained or locked in stocks was 
loose. It was a death penalty for a jailor if anyone 
would escape from a prison of which he was in charge. 
So when the jailor awoke and found all the doors open 
he drew his sword and was about to kill himself when 
Paul called to him and said, "Do yourself no harm for 
we are all here." 

Then the-. jailor called for a servant to bring a 
light and realising that Paul and Silas were men of 
God, fell down trembling at their feet and said, "Sirs, 
what must I do to be saved?" 

And Paul and Silas answered, "Believe on the Lord 
Jesus Christ and you will be saved and all them which 
are in your house." 

Then the jailor took them that night and washed 
the stripes on their backs. Then he was baptized, and 
not the jailor only but all of his family and servants. 
He also brought food for Paul and Silas,, and they all 
rejoiced with a great joy because they now believed 
in the Lord Jesus who was the God of their salvation. 

Next: "HOW PAUL AND SILAS WERE RELEASED FROM PRISON." 

— Rudolph Cover 



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VOL. 18 OCTOBER, 1971 NO. 10 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." 1 Peter 2: 1 1 



FOLLOW TO VICTORY 

How shall I follow Him I serve? 

How shall I copy Him I love? 

Nor from those blessed footsteps swerve , 

Which lead me to His seat above? 

Lord, should my path through sufferings lie, 

Forbid it I should e'er repine; 

Still let me turn to Calvary, 

Nor heed my griefs, remembering Thine. 

let me think how Thou didst leave 
Untasted every pure delight, 
To fast, to faint, to watch, to grieve, 
The toilsome day, the homeless night — 

To faint, to grieve, to die for mei 
Thou earnest not Thyself to please; 
And, dear as earthly comforts be, 
Shall I not love Thee more than these? 

Ye si I would count them all but loss, 
To gain the notice of Thine eye; 
Flesh shrinks and trembles at the cross 
But Thou canst give the victory. 

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OUR DIRECTION 

You have made plans and preparations for a long 
trip to see loved ones. In preparing, you elected 
the train as your mode of transportation. Tickets 
purchased and clothes packed, you await the day of 
departure. 

Dawn of the day finds you loading the car and driv- 
ing to the depot. You are early, but to avoid the 
last minute rush, you find your train, check luggage, 
and sit in your seat to relax from the worries of pre- 
paring for this trip and to think of the joys of ar- 
rival. The coach is filling up rapidly, and looking 
at 'your watch you realize it is time for departure. 
You can hear the train crew making last minute checks. 
The conductor in a loud, clear voice calls out the 
11 All aboard for... I1 cry> and the train with loud 
clatter, lurches forward. 

In your preparations you had double checked on 
everything, ...but the city that had been called...? 
The train is gathering momentum and begins charging 
down the unending parallel rails as you hastily check 
your ticket... it's correct... With dulled senses 
you succumb to the fact that in all your precise pre- 
paration you had, in your ease of readiness, failed 
to double check which train, and now you are charging 
on in the wrong direction. 

Recently this subject was made to impress me more 
forcefully and to bring more vivid realization that 
this is most important to Christians — the direction 
of our eternal destination. 

We as Christians have elected "God's Way" as our 
mode of travel through this world. By belief and 
faith in God and confirmation of our covenant with 
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tickets. But we must meet all the conditions of the 
ticket. 

Does the end of our vocation seem right and not 
just the beginning? Is our whole walk in life with 
the end in mind? Do we consider God's will? We have 
God's word to guide us, so do we have an excuse? 

As we meet these conditions in preparation for de- 
.parture from this life, we can have assurance of our 
direction through God's word. Then as we sit upon 
the brink of life we can have an ease of readiness 
and the assurance of seeing those we knew and loved 
and also those whose spirit we know and love. And 
then a great sound and we hear our King say "Come, ye 
blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared 
for you from the foundation of the world.,. 11 What 
joyl for swelling up within our hearts is the fulfil- 
ling of the realization that we are going the right 
direction. 

— Fred J. Miller 
Modesto, California 



THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD REVEALED 

After thousands of years of groping in darkness, 
helplessness and misery, mankind at last awakened by 
the dazzling light of a new era dawning with the events 
of Jesus 1 coming to earth. 

The night of darkness began to fade before the 
breaking light, and so the age of revealing began to 
emerge offering hope to mankind everywhere to accept 
this new condition of God's design of time and place. 
We list some of the righteousness of God revealed in 
the following: 

1. It was just, right and good and a revelation for 
God to have a remedy for man's disobedience, even be- 
fore man was created, because perhaps even then the 
forces of evil were being marshalled to resist God. 
(Revelation 13:8) 

2. It was just, good and right for God to offer a 



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plan of salvation after man had fallen by temptation. 

3. It is the prerogative of God, and it was just 
and right to wait down through the ages to bring this 
plan into fulfillment at any time He felt it was best, 
so He chose "the fulness of the time." (Galations 4:4) 

4. It was wise and just of God to bring the first 
covenant into view, to select a special people for 
this act of revealing the exceeding sinfulness of sin. 
(Romans 7:13) 

5* It was a supreme act of love and benevolence for 
God to send His only begotten Son into the world be- 
cause He loved man whom He had created. God 1 s only 
begotten Son and the Holy Spirit had their part also 
in creation. (John 1:3) 

6. It was our Heavenly Father 1 s will that this di- 
vine plan be revealed by His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, 
to tell this will to be the word of God. He sent His 
Son Into the world to show the way, to follow its 
every step, to bring healing to those suffering from 
diseases of the body and maladies of the mind. He 
walked the shining path — a beacon light for all true 
disciples to follow. 

7. After His work was finished, Jesus said, "I have 
finished the work which thou gavest me to do," and He 
revealed the righteousness of God in His word. He 
contemplated the future time of His soon exit and 
realised He must meet and take away the sin of the 
world. (John 1:29) This load and weight brought great 
suffering to Him. To go through for our salvation He 
must take the sinner 1 s place and be made sin for us 
who knew no sin that we might be made the righteou s ness 
of God in Him . (II Corinthians 5:21) He suffered," our 
salvation being in a balance (I Peter 4:18) until He 
said, "Thy will be done. 11 

8. It was a supreme act of righteousness for the 
just to suffer for the unjust that He might bring us 
to God.' (I Peter 3:18) His death upon the cross was 
the ultimate of His degradation. Yet, in the upturn 
after death, the centurion said, "Truly this was the 
Son of God." (Matthew 27:54) For us salvation began 



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to come, yes, even while Jesus was still alive and 
suffering, answering the sinner 1 s plea saying, "Verily 
I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in para- 
dise. " 

9. After death, Jesus evidently entered the halls 
of the dead to "preach to the spirits in prison 11 the 
joyful news of salvation. 

10. Then by His own act of mighty power delegated 
to Him by His' Father, (John 10:18) He again invested 
His body with life, and it disappeared from the grave 
and He showed Himself alive to His discouraged dis- 
ciples. He was with them forty days "speaking of the 
things pertaining to the Kingdom of God," (Acts 1:3) 
and then ascended up to God. 

11. In due time on the day of Pentecost, He gave 
unto His loved ones the Holy Spirit to be their Inter- 
preter, Guide, and Prompter all along their way to the 
end of time. 

12. By all these means and by the continuous wit- 
ness of the Holy Ghost through the heralds of the cross 
He shows to mankind His love, His righteousness, and 
His power to save even unto the end of the world. 
(Matthew 28:19,20) 

The righteousness of God revealed, 
The book of life to be unsealed 

That all who born of Adam's race 
May see the wonders of His grace. 

The blessings of our living Lord, 
The treasures of His written word, 

The living wonders of His grace 
To live to see Him face to face. 

With joy to follow on the way 

From darkest night to perfect day; 

He went before us on the road 
And eases every heavy load. 



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Joy to begin this life-long race 
From earthly life to shining face 

To witness for my Saviour King 
Until the hosts of heaven sing. 

To see Him healing all our woes; 

He every sin and sorrow knows , 
To lift us up from sinking sand 

To place us near His own right hand. 

He died for us; we live for Him 
Until the shades of earth are dim. 

His footsteps see, we follow on 

Until the shades of death are gone. 

Until we leave this world behind 

And peace and comfort somewhere find; 

Asleep in Jesus is the best 
Reposing in the heavenly rest. 

Until we all with one accord 

Ascend to meet our King crowned Lord, 

The righteousness of God revealed 
His words to fully be unsealed. 

— J. I, Cover 

Sonora, California 

Next; THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD REVEALEL (KC . 2) 



KEYS AND LOCKED DOORS 

Keys and locked doors speak of property rights and 
the accompanying responsibilities* Locked doors say 
11 Stay out!" and speak of problems. The wide range of 
different locks and keys suggest that life's problems 
are varied and intricate. A key for every lock sug- 
gests that there is a key for every problem. 

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have accepted. We cannot afford to ignore or resent 
It. The key in the pocket means a factor stored in 
the brain. Forgetting the key means the brain didn't 
function. Rather frightening , isn't it? 

Blaming some one else for our own lack is storing 
up future trouble in our own Individual thought room. 
We finally do some searching of our experiences and 
habits, Forgetfulness can easily become a habit. Ad- 
vertising it to others evidently is not the answer. 
It only means that it is now a recognized habit and 
others are warned. Are we in a hurry to lose our in- 
dependence? Do we want some one else to carry our 
keys'? 

Many of life's doors of opportunity and service stay 
locked to us all our lives, We might linger around the 
doer and try to share with those who have the key, 
but never enter in ourselves. Romans 11:29: "The 
gifts and callings of God are without repentance.' 1 
They are the keys to these doors of service and oppor- 
tunity. 

The door to the field of healing is opened to those 
whose natural ability key them in. The fields of song, 
of preaching and teaching, the professions and the 
trades, the arts and the sciences are locked to those 
who have no key. 

Many have found themselves with keys to doors no 
one knew anything about, as Dr. Carver who developed 
the use of the peanut; Johnny Apple seed who planted 
apple seeds in the wilderness. I mention these as 
humble men who gave all glory to God. There are many, 
many more . 

We do not really know very much about these "gifts 
and callings of God." Yet there Is abundant evidence 
that we are all included. True humility of mind and 
prayer will help us find "our" key. 

One Christian brother whose life was a testimony to 
all who knew him, spoke feelingly of the time when his 
children were small. "I always liked to shovel. I 
made the living shoveling." 

Dorcas (Acts 9:38) needed no one to tell her what 



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her key was; nor Luke, nor Stephen, nor any other true 
seeker of his or her key. 

Our Lord Jesus Christ is God's love key to mankind. 
He opened the door of salvation to "whosoever will." 
The gifts and callings of God are spoken of as our 
Lord's money of the parable in Matthew 25. We cannot 
as children of our Heavenly Father be careless or in- 
different of His bestowed riches. A time of accounting 
awaits each of us. 

Parental responsibility in the Lord is to bring up 
the child in the "nurture and admonition of the Lord." 
When the child responds to the Lord f s call to salvation, 
he needs to be conscious of the Lord's riches in him- 
self. Parents can do much to help but here again, the 
choice really belongs to the one who has the key. The 

Holy Spirit and the written word were given to help 
make the choice and to make it one of enriching the 
life of the chooser and of those about him. 

Modern education furnishes tests to help the student 
to find his natural ability for his life's work. In 
such a complicated economic system as ours, there may 
be some benefits to 'be expected here. But the words 
of the Lord Jesus are as vital today and as full of 
promise as when He spoke them: "Seek ye first the 
kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these 
things shall be added unto you." 

The subject is as deep as life itself. We as 
Christians should not grieve and fret about having 
missed our calling (using the common expression). 
God works all around and about us in sovereign majesty 
and mystery. His designs for us are for eternity. 
Our choosings must always be subject to His will. 

The lesson is not complete without a look at our 
own natural inner self. It is true that we inherit a 
sinful nature. But it is also true that we sin by 
choice. Sin closes the heart's door to God. Anyone 
troubled by any form of fatalistic teaching should 
study Revelation 3:20 and 22:1?. It has to be under- 
stood in the same Divine love in which it was given. 
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He comes as a friend offering Himself as a Divine Guest 
with eternal riches to share with His friends. Only I 
can give Him my heart's love. Only I can open my 
heart ! s door and welcome Him in to share our mutual 
love together. 
I "Behold I stand at the door and knock: if any man 
hear my voice, and open the doer, I will come in to 
him, and will sup with him > and he with me." 



r 



-James Cover 
Modesto, California 



EDITORIAL. . . ILLENESS: THE DEVIL'S WORKSHOP 

I do not know when this term was first spoken, but 
it is true, and today we can. see the results of it 
around us. Satan works in many areas to confuse and 
frustrate God's grace to man, and surely oneof these 
areas is idleness. It is here that he fashions the 
evil thoughts^ murders, adulteries, fornications, 
thefts, false witness and blasphemies that the Saviour 
said proceed from the heart of man. 

Idleness was a large factor in the downfall of 
Sodom. Ezekiel wrote to the people of Jerusalem (16: 
49,50) "Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister 
Sodom, pride, fu3.ness of bread, and abundance of idle- 
ness was in her and In her daughters, neither did she 
strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.. And they 
were haughty, and committed abomination before me: 
therefore I took them away as I saw good. n When Lot 
chose the Jordan plain and pitched his teat toward 
Sodom, the land was described as "well watered, every- 
where" and "as the garden of the Lord." So we know 
the Sodomites had things good. They had time for 
idleness, and instead of being thankful they became 
proud, haughty and unwilling to share. 

Here in our country we also have abundance of good 
things. With the work-saving devices of the last half 
century there is also an abundance of Idleness.. Could 



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any more accurate description be given of the causes 
of the trouble and unrest among the young people today? 
Fulness of bread and abundance of idlenessl 

Idleness is more than just a condition of the body. 
We can rest and our bodies can be inactive and still 
our thoughts can be pure and useful. It is when we 
become used to inactivity and laziness and our minds 
are empty of good things that then the devil steps 
into his workshop and works his wicked will. 

I have seen young people — both fellows and girls — 
stand on the sidewalk or sit on window sill or steps 
for days at a time doing little more than to cross the 
street occasionally or call to friends. It is a situa- 
tion ripe for trouble , and we are reading about much 
of it. I have also noticed the hands of many careless 
young people in recent years,. They are soft hands , 
not clean , but unaccustomed to working. 

Christians can also be influenced by idleness. 
Even if it is not abun dance of idleness, it can still 
be detrimental to cur spiritual well-being. Paul wrote 
and commanded the early Thessalonian Church "that if 
any would not work, neither should he eat." Some in 
this group he described as "disorderly, working not 
at all, but are busy-bodies." (II Thessalcnians 3*10,11) 

Jesus has left instructions for our occupation till 
He comes again. He compares this to a man leaving 
instructions with his servants about ruling his house- 
hold and "providing meat In due season. He says of a 
faithful servant, (Luke 12:43) "Blessed is that servant, 
whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing." 
May we be that blessed, too. — L.C. 



You can't control the length of your life — but you 
can control Its width and depth. You can't control 
the contour of your face — but you can control its ex- 
pression. You can't control the weather — but you can 
control the atmosphere of your mind. Why worry about 
things you can T t control when you can keep yourself 
busy controlling the things that depend on you, 

— Selected 



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Thou eternal Victim, slain 

A sacrifice for guilty man, 

By the eternal Spirit made 

An offering in the sinner 1 s stead; 

Our everlasting Priest art Thou, 

Pleading Thy death for sinners now. 

Thy offering still continues new; 
Thy vesture keeps its crimson hue; 
Thou art the ever-slaughtered Lamb, 
Thy priesthood still remains the same; 
Thy years, Lord, can never fail; 
Thy goodness is unchangeable. 

that my faith may never move, 
But stand unshaken as Thy lovei 
Sure evidence of things unseen, 
Passing the years that intervene, 
Now let it view upon the tree 
My Lord, who bleeds and dies for me. 

— Charles Wesley 



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ONE DAY AT A TIME 

One day. at a time, with its failures and fears. 

With its hurts and mistakes, with its weakness and tears, 

With its portion of pain and its burden of care; 

One day at a time we must meet and must bear. 

One day at a time to be patient and strong; 

To be calm under trial and sweet under wrong; 

Then its toiling shall pass and its sorrow shall cease; 

It shall darken and die, and the night shall bring peace. 

One day at a time — but the day is so long, 

And the heart Is not brave, and the soul is not strong, 

Thou pitiful Christ, be Thou near all the way; 
Give courage and patience and strength for the day. 

Swift cometh His answer, so clear and so sweet; 
n Yea, I will be with thee, thy troubles to meet; 

1 will not forget thee, nor fail thee,, nor grieve; 

I will not forsake thee; I never will leave. 11 

Not yesterday 1 s load we are called on to bear, 

Nor the morrow- s uncertain and shadowy care; 
Why should we look forward or back with dismay? 
Our needs, as our mercies, are but for the day. 

One day at a time, and the day is His day; 

He hath numbered its hours, though they haste or delay. 

His gx-ace is sufficient; we walk not alone; 

As the day, so the strength that He giveth His own. 

— Annie Johnson Flint 



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31st for our Fall Love feast Meeting. A hearty invita- 
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ART THOU WEARY, ART THOU LANGUID? 

Art thou weary 7 art thou languid, 
Art thou sore distressed? 
"Come to Me," saith One, "and coming 
Be at rest." 

Hath He marks to lead me to Him, 
If He be my guide? 

"In His feet and hands are wound-prints, 
And His side." 

Is there diadem, as Monarchy 
That His brow adorns? 
"Yea, a crown, In very surety; 
But of thorns." 

If I find Him, if I follow, 
What His guerdon - - here? 
"Many a sorrow, many a labor, 
Many a tear." 

If I still hold closely to Him, 
What hath He at last? 
"Sorrow vanquished, labor ended, 
Jordan passed*" 

If I ask Him to receive me, 
Will He say me nay? 
"Not till earth, and not till heaven 
Pass away." 

Finding, following, keeping, struggling, 
Is He sure to bless? 
"Saints, apostles, prophets, martyrs, 
Answer ? Yes." 

— St. Stephen , the Sabaite, Eighth Century 
Translated by John M. Neale, 1862 



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HISTORICAL 
HE KEPT HIS HAT ON 

Simon was happy. It was a pleasant spring morning, 
and customers were crowded around his open-air stall 
in the market place. Since Simon had been converted, 
his little business had prospered more than ever. 
Soon after his conversion he had started giving small 
sums of money to people he had dealt with unfairly. 
His customers were surprised, A few had gotten angry 
when he admitted he had cheated them, but generally 
people respected him for his new honesty. More and 
more people came to buy from him. 

Just now Simon was concentrating on cutting a 
straight line across a piece of cloth with his shears. 

"The Lord God Is coming!" exclaimed his customer. 
Simon looked at him sharply. A strange remark from 
an ungodly man. 

"The Lord God made heaven and earth. He is every- 
where. He is already here," Simon smiled at his cus- 
tomer. 

"No, nol You don't understand. The bread which 
the priests have made into God is coming. You'll have 
to kneel." The man knelt and began tugging at Simon's 
arm. 

Simon turned and saw the procession coming. Today 
was Corpus Christ i, but he had forgotten. Today was 
the dav for the procession when the consecrated bread 
was carried through the streets. Everyone was expected 
to kneel before the bread and worship it as God. For 
Catholics believed that the priest was able to change 
the communion bread into the actual body of Christ. 
Also, the procession was a display of the power of the 
Catholic Church. You had to submit to that power. 

The bell was tinkling, but Simon had not heard it. 
The priest carrying the monstrance, the special con- 
tainer for the bread, was almost to his shop. The 
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"Take off your hat and kneel. The Lord God is 
here." A woman was pulling at his coat. 

"That is no God," answered Simon. "That is only a 
piece of bread t " 

"It doesn't make any difference what you think; 
you've got to kneel. You'll be in trouble." said the 
man. 

Simon would have walked away, but the priest with 
the bread was already in front of him. It was too 
late. Everything had happened too fast. Simon merely 
stood his ground and kept his hat on. The three 
Hebrews had refused to fall down and worship the image 
Nebuchadnezzar had set up, hadn't they? So Simon 
thought . 

But in the case with the three Fie brews, certain 
Chaldeans had observed and reported on Shadrach, 
Meshach, and Abednego. The same thing happened to 
Simon. Certain persons noticed his refusal to bow 
down, and he was arrested. 

He told his accusers that he rejected their bread- 
god, their infant baptism, and all such human inven- 
tions. For this reason he was sentenced to death, 
taken outside the city, and burned, Simon was so 
steadfast at his execution that the crowd was quite 
surprised. 

The sheriff who had Simon executed, like Nebuchad- 
nezzar, soon began to be sorry for what he had done. 
But Nebuchadnezzar was more fortunate than the sheriff, 
For the priests who came to comfort the sheriff in his 
anxiety and resultant sickness, said they could for- 
give his sins — but they could not. The sheriff soon 
died in despair, doubting the justness of Simon's 
execution. So God. judged the unjust. All this hap- 
pened at Bergen op Zoom in North Brabant in Holland 
in 1553. The story is found on page 540 of Martyr's 
Mirror . 

By James W. Lowry 

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CHILDREN'S PAGE ACTS 16:35-40 
PAUL AND SILAS RELEASED FROM PRISON 

In our last Bible story we left Paul and Silas with 
the jailor who had believed on the Lord Jesus and had 
been baptized in the night* Now, when daylight ap- 
peared, the leaders of the city sent word to release 
Paul and Silas. We do not know exactly what the rea- 
son was. These men who had condemned Paul and Silas 
to prison had suddenly decided to change their minds 
and release them. There had been a terrible earth- 
quake that night, and these rulers, like most of the 
people who did not believe in Jesus, were very super- 
stitious. They may have thought that a divine power 
was angry because they had jailed two innocent men. 
Anyway, they wanted Paul and Silas to go. The keeper 
of the prison said, "Now the magistrates have sent 
word to release you* go in peace." 

The apostle Paul was a God-fearing man, but he did 
not fear those magistrates. He knew they were afraid 
and decided to teach them a lesson. Paul replied to 
the keeper of the prison, "We are Roman citizens and 
they have beaten us without a trial and have cast us 
into prison j which they know is absolutely against 
-the law. And now they want to let us go secretly? 
I should say not I Tell them to come and let us out 
themselves." 

When the magistrates heard that Paul and Silas were 
Romans they were really afraid. So they came and 
pleaded with Paul and Silas and begged them to depart 
out of the city. 

Paul and Silas did not leave the city at once but 
went to the home of a woman called Lydia where they 
had stayed while they were in the city of Philippi. 
Here they met with other Christians and encouraged 
them by telling how God had delivered them. Then 
they departed „ 

— Rudolph Cover 
Sonora , California 



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VOL. 18 NOVEMBER, 1971 NO. 11 



"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." 1 Peter 2: 1 1 



A THOUSAND THANKSGIVINGS 

Thou life of my life, blessed Jesus, 

Thou death of the death that was mine, 
For me was Thy cross and Thine anguish, 

Thy love and Thy sorrow divine. 
Thou hast suffered the cross and the judgment 

That I might forever go free; 
A thousand, a thousand thanksgivings 

I bring, Lord Jesus, to Thee I 

For me Thou hast borne the reproaches, 

The mockery, hate, and disdain, 
Like a lamb to the slaughter hast suffered 

The scourging, the shame, and the pain; 
To save me from bondage and judgment, 

Thou gladly hast suffered for me; 
A thousand, a thousand thanksgivings 

I bring, Lord Jesus, to Thee I 

Lord, from my heart do I thank Thee! 

For all Thou hast borne in my room: 
Thine agony, dying ^n solaced, 

Alone in the darkness and gloom; 
That I in the glory of heaven 

For ever and ever might be; 
A thousand, a thousand thanksgivings 

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PSALM 100 

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye 
lands. Serve the Lord with gladnessr come be- 
fore his presence with singing* Know ye that 
the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made 
us, and not we ourselves; we are his people 3 
and the sheep of his pasture* Enter into his 
gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts 
with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless 
his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is 
everlasting; and his truth endureth to all 
generations. 

This bit of advice comes from King David, the one 
after God*s own heart — one who learned much from many t 
experiences. It no doubt refers to the gates and 
courts of the tabernacle of the Lord where Israel as- 
sembled to worship. It was likely just, as fitting 
later for the temple service, and it is also just as 
fitting for the Christian service of today. Vve serve 
and worship God through His Son, Jesus Christ who is 
"the same yesterday, today and forever. 11 It is just 
as important to be thankful and full of praise in the 
Church today as it was in the service of the tabernacle 
In ancient times. 

When we enter into the worship service of the house 
of the Lord we probably come with a number of emotions 
or attitudes. Thanksgiving and praise are uplifting 
and positive. When we praise God It does something 
to us if it comes from our hearts. But many times we 
come to worship with the cares and troubles of the 
world crowding out our praise and thanksgiving. 

We can come to a worship service to sit and worry. 
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coming up, possibly we worry about sickness or maybe 
we think we might have left a heater on at home or 
maybe our clothes don't look right. Jesus is not 
pleased with our worries. He said-, "Take no thought . 
for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall 
drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. 
Is not the life more than meat, and the body than rai- 
ment?" (Matthew 6:25) Peter writes, "Casting all your 
care upon him for he careth for you." He wants us to 
leave our cares with Him and to be thankful, for we 
truly have much to be thankful for. 

We can attend a worship service with a critical 
attitude. There is much around us to criticise. Some 
may sing too loudly or preach too long or the children 
may cry too much — petty things usually — but they ir- 
ritate us if we come with a critical attitude. We 
should look inward and criticize ourselves. When we 
"see the beam in our own eye" and first cast it out, 
then we will see more clearly to cast out the mote 
out of our brother's eye. Then we will be more thank- 
^ ful and full of praise when we see our own needs and 
weaknesses and realize that "The Lord is merciful and 
gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy." 

We need not look far to find much to be thankful 
for. Let us be glad and thankful that our president 
still proclaims a day of Thanksgiving to God. Chris- 
tians in some of the nations would rejoice if this 
were true for them. Most of all we must always re- 
member our dear Saviour and His great love for us. 
I read that once in a bread line in a poor country 
one man was given a loaf of bread and water to drink 
with it, and he was heard to manner, "All this and 
Jesus, tool" We have much more to be thankful for 
than this poor Christian, but perhaps not more thank- 
fulness. 

Let us enter his gates with thanksgiving and his 
courts with praise. Let us make a joyful noise unto 
the Lord and serve Him with gladness. — L.C. 



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WHAT PRICE REDEMPTION? 

Once again we in California have been privileged 
to participate in a love feast meeting in commemoration 
of what the suffering and death of our Saviour accom- 
plished. As always our minds were turned to the enor- 
mity of the task which he faced that we might be re- 
deemed from sin. While it may not be possible for us 
to ever fully comprehend God's plan of salvation or the 
full extent to which His Son suffered, perhaps we might 
benefit by trying to examine what the sufferings of 
Jesus would have meant to us if we had been in His place 
for we are told that He "gave himself for our sins, 
that he might deliver us from this present evil world , 
according to the will of God and our Father. 1 ' (Gala- 
tians 1:14) 

There were many events in the life of Jesus which 
were trials (and no doubt saddened Him) beginning with 
the temptation by the devil after Jesus had fasted 
forty days as recorded in Matthew 4:1-11. Which of us *> 
has voluntarily fasted even one week to be closer to 
the Lord? However, we shall be primarily concerned 
with the events which began with the supper in the 
upper room and culminated in the crucifixion. 

It is quite probable that Jesus looked forward to 
that supper in the upper room — just as we look forward 
to our communion services. Think for a moment the 
great sadness one would feel if he had the foreknowledge 
to know that one of his brethren would betray him caus- 
ing death and suffering. It must have been with a 
heavy heart that Jesus revealed, "Verily I say unto you, 
that one of you shall betray me," (Matthew 26:21) 
Would we be as calm about such knowledge as Jesus was? 
Certainly to the disciples this must have seemed as 
improbable as the thought of a brother being untrue 
to us would be. As if such a betrayal were not enough > 
Jesus knew that all of His disciples, those who had 
been closest to Him, would leave Him in His hour of 
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one of us to be denied by all of our brethren! Yet 
this is exactly what happened to Jesus, 

Following the supper, Jesus went to the Garden of 
Gethsemane to prepare Himself for the trials which He 
knew lay ahead. Now most of us have been faced with 
trials, and we have asked our brethren to pray for us 
that we might be strengthened to meet these trials* 
Jesus asked only that His disciples watch with Him 
while He prayed. However, on each of three times He 
found them asleep. (Mark 14:32-42, Matthew 26:36-45) 

As if the seeming unconcern of the disciples was 
not enough, let us consider Jesus 1 prayer, "0 my Father, 
if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; neverthe- 
less not as I will, but as thou wilt," (Matthew 26:39) 
We should remember that while Jesus was the Son of God, 
He "was in all points tempted like as we are." (Hebrews 
4:15) What man among us would not ask that such suf- 
fering as Christ was to bear would be taken ax^ay? Have 
you ever anticipated some future suffering and asked 
that the Lord would take it away? How would you feel 
if you knew (as Christ did) that if this prayer was 
answered God*s will would not be done? Surely His suf- 
fering was greatly increased by virtue of His knowledge 
that He was undertaking this task voluntarily and had 
the power at any moment to deliver Himself from this 
situation. Notice how sorely distressed Jesus was even 
after an angel appeared from heaven to strengthen Him. 
(Luke 22:43) "And being in an agony he prayed more 
earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of 
blood falling down to the ground." (Luke 22:44) It is 
doubtful that any man has prayed so earnestly or suf- 
fered such great anguish. 

The betrayal of Jesus by Judas is discussed in Mat- 
thew 26: 48, Mark 14:45, and Luke 22:47,48, Again let 
us consider how we might feel if one of our brethren 
delivered us into the hands of our enemies with a kiss. 
The feeling of natural man is to be filled with an in- 
tense hatred, but nowhere do we find Jesus expressing 
hatred for Judas. Sadly enough, Jesus 1 disciples ra- 
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foretold. One was in such a hurry that as the soldiers 
grabbed at his clothing it came off and he ran on 
naked. (Mark 14:50-52) 

Have you ever been accused of something which you 
had not done — something so serious that your life was 
at stake? This is exactly what happened to Jesus next. 
The irony of the whole affair was that there was nothing 
He had done which was worthy of condemnation so that 
false witnesses or people willing to lie in court had 
to be hired to testify, (Mark 14:55,56) Even more 
ridiculous was the fact that the testimony of these 
false witnesses did not agree. Their testimony was so 
blatantly false that even those who wanted to condemn 
Jesus were not satisfied. How then was Jesus condemned? 
BY TELLING THE THJTH. In Mark 14:61,62 He was asked > 
"Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed? And 
Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sit- 
ting on the right hand of power, and coming in the 
clouds of heaven." This great truth was called blas- 
phemy. How sad the Saviour must have felt to think 
that He was being condemned for admitting His true * 
position ana to realise that He had come to provide 
salvation for the verj men who condemned Him. 

Following Jesus' condemnation at proceedings which 
today would be termed a "kangaroo court", His actual 
physical suffering began. We are told that He was 
"buffeted" and "smitten" and they even spit in His 
face. (Matthew 26*67) It sounds like they even pulled 
His beardv (See Isaiah 50:6) Very few of us would re- 
main calm if these things happened to us, especially 
if they were done unjustly. 

The final rejection of Jesus came shortly after His 
mock trial. Some of the onlookers noticed Peter who 
had been standing nearby and accused him of being one 
of Jesus' followers. Peter denied Him several times 
with an oath (Matthew 26:72) and with cursing and 
swearing. (Matthew 26:74) This shows us the true na- 
ture of man without the divine nature. Though Peter 
was one of Jesus 1 most devoted followers, his conversion 
was not complete and he denied the Lord with cursing 



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,nd swearing. 

As if the mockery of a trial before the Jews was not 
enough , Jesus was brought before Pontius Pilate ^ the 
Roman Governor. Now Pilate stated plainly, "I find no 
fault in this man. 1 ' (Luke 23:4) But because it was 
politically expedient that Jesus be condemned, he tried 
to "pass the buck" so to speak, and sent Him to Herod. 
This only resulted in more mockery for our Lord (Luke 
23:11) and then He was sent back to Pilate. It would 
appear that Pilate still did not want to condemn Jesus, 
First of all, He offered to release Jesus at the feast 
as was the custom, thinking he could "get off the hook, n 
but this did not satisfy the people. (Matthew 26:15-1?) 
Then he was even warned by his wife, "Have thou nothing 
to do with that just man: for I have suffered many 
things this day in a dream because of him." (Matthew 
27:19) Nevertheless, Pilate bowed to the will of the 
mob and released Barabbas, a murderer, and condemned 

But he was wounded for our transgressions, 
he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastise- 
ment of cur peace was upon him; and with his 
stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5) 

Jesus because it was politically expedient. 

What followed Jesus ! condemnation was a great degree 
of physical and mental torture. We can read in the 
newspapers today about the atrocities committed by the 
armies of the world against political prisoners ♦ Cer- 
tainly history indicates that the Roman soldiers took 
a back seat to no one In the field of torture. First 
they scourged Him (Mark 15:15)* or as it is stated in 
another translation, "flogged" Him "with a leaded whip." 
New at this point think of how this must have feltl 
To my knowledged no one among my friends has suffered 
this type of punishment. Imagine yourself with your 
back bare and being struck repeatedly with a lead- 
tipped whip. Not only do you feel the sting of each 
blew, but you also begin to feel the blood from your 
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jour head begins to throb and you become numb from pain. 
Finally the last blow has been struck and you hope your 
tormentors will let you rest. THEY DID NOT LET JESUS 
REST! He was clothed with purple (a sign of royalty) 
and a crown of thorns was placed on His head, no doubt 
in such brutal fashion that the thorns pierced His 
scalp causing blood to run profusely down His head. 
Then once again He was mocked, spit upon, and hit on 
the head. (Mark 15:17-20) 

After this, any of us would scarcely be able to move 
but Jesus was compelled to carry the cross on which He 
was to be executed. (John 19:1?) Now we do not know 
the dimensions or weight of the cross, but it was large 
enough on which to hang a man. Certainly it was so 
heavy that Jesus had to have help carrying it, and 
Simon a C:\renian was chosen. (Luke 23:26) It would be 
comforting to think that Simon received a special bless- 
ing for sharing in the Lord»s suffering. 

Now when the procession reached Golgotha, Jesus was 
nailed to the cross. This is inferred when Thomas later 
said "Except I shall see in his hands the print of the 
nails... I will not believe*' 1 (John 20:25) We speak 
often of the pain of the cross but it is doubtful that 
we have any conception of the actual pain Jesus suffered 
Have you ever struck your hand with a hammer or caught 
it in a car door? This causes a lot of pain. Now 
think of a Roman soldier holding a nail (probably just 
slightly smaller than a railroad spike) with its point 
against Jesus 1 hand. Then imagine a second soldier 
taking a sledge hammer and driving that nail through 
His hand into the cross. BAM! BAM! BAMI Now the pro- 
cess is repeated on the other hand. Although we are 
not specifically told in the account (except propheti- 
cally in Psalms 22:16) common methods of Roman cruci- 
fixion included nailing the feet to the cross as well. 
Slowly the cross is hoisted so that it may stand in a 
pre -dug hole. Then, THUD, it falls heavily into the 
hole jarring Jesus 1 whole body and wracking it with 
pain as His weight is suddenly suspended by the nails 
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The worst is not yet over for history tells us that 
by crucifixion was one of the cruelest ways a man could 
die. Hanging on the cross a man might live for several 
days—all without food or water* If a person hanging 
on a cross had to defecate or urinate it would foul his 
body attracting flies and all manner of insects to tor- 
ment him. Sometimes soldiers would break the legs of 
those being executed so that more weight would fall on 
the hands. Thus breathing became more difficult causing 
the person to suffocate. Fortunately, Jesus was spared 
some of these cruelties. Perhaps God heard His garden 
prayer and allowed His death to be hastened or perhaps 
He was so weak from His previous torture that He was 
not in physical condition to endure a long period of 
time on the cross. 

We are given to know that Jesus 1 suffering on the 
cross was truly great for He cried "My God. my God, 
why hast thou forsaken me? n (Mark 15:34) If anyone has 
had cause to feel forsaken it was Jesus. We must remem- 
ber that while He was man ; He was also the Son of God. 
*~ What could be more humiliating than for God T s own Son 
to suffer torture and death which was reserved for com- 
mon criminals and those who were cursed? (See Galatians 
3:13) Surely there is no finer example of love and 
forgiveness in the history of mankind than when from 
the cross in the midst of degradation He 'said, "Father 
forgive them for they know not what they do." (Luke 

23:34) 

So Jesus suffered and died, but the most beautiful 
part is that he rose from the dead. This was all 
done for us for He said, "I am come that they might 
have life and that they might have it more abundantly." 
(John 10:10) Paul tells us, "For when we were yet 
without strength, in due time Christ died for the un- 
godly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; 
yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to 
die. But God commendeth His love toward us, in that 
while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us," (Romans 
5:6-8) 

Having thought therefore about the extraordinary 

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suffering and death of Jesus > our Saviour, let us each 
meditate on what it means to us. We know that nothing 
we can do could merit such favor, Isaiah tells us, 
"But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our right- 
eousness are as filthy rags..." (Isaiah 64:6) Paul 
wrote to the Ephesians: "For by grace are ye saved 
through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the 
gift of God. H (Ephesians 2:8) Having thought about 
this free gift and what it cost, dare we disregard it? 

—Glen W. Shirk, M.D. 
French Camp, California 



I AM THANKFUL 

I am thankful for the sunshine 
For it brightens many a day; 
For the clouds and rain I'm thankful, 
As refreshment they convey. 
I am thankful for the beauty 
Nature shows on every hand; 
Rolling hills and fruitful valleys, 
Tall, majestic mountains, grand; 
Rippling brooks, the ocean 1 s ,r astness, 
Fluffy clouds that grace the sky, 
Twinkling stars, the moon's soft glimmer, 
And the glorious sunset's dye, 

I am thankful for my family, 

For their understanding love, 

For my parents and good teaching 

They have been example of; 

For my brothers and my sisters 

Who point out when I am wrong, 

For the sharing and the caring; 

Love that ! s deep and trust that's strong. 

I am thankful for the people 

God has brought into my life: 

Loving friends and dear acquaintance 

Who love peace, avoiding strife. 



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I am thankful that in heaven 
Dwells a kind and loving God; 
For His Son, who reigns there with Him 5 
Who for us this earth has trod. 
But more thankful that I know Him, 
That He's more than just a friend, 
That as His own child, He claims me 
And His blessings rich doth send. 
I am thankful for His presence, 
That He's with me everywhere; 
For His guidance, love and mercy, 
For His gracious, tender care. 

I am thankful that I'm healthy; 

I am thankful when I'm ill, 

That God shows His healing power, 

That He gives the doctors skill. 

I am thankful for my senses, 

F,3 r es to see the beautiful, 

Fars to hear the sounds about me, 

Hands, may they be dutiful; 

Feet to walk and power to use them, 

An ability to work, 

For a job and occupation, 

Duties which I may not shirk. 

I am thankful, I am thankful! 

With a thing I would not part 

That's a prayer that has been answered, 

And that is a thankful heart. 

— Miriam J. Sauder 

Lancaster, Pennsylvania 

Brother Joseph L. Cover was ordained to the full 
ministry, and Brother Leslie Cover was elected to the 
ministry at a special council of the Salida congrega- 
tion on October 29. May the Lord bless them and. their 
companions in their new responsibilities. 

—Daniel F. Wolf 



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THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD REVEALED (KO- 2) 

"I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ,., for 
therein is the righteousness of God revealed. 11 (Romans 
1:17) 

"Seeing It is a righteous thing with God to recom- 
pence tribulation on them that trouble you; And to you 
who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus 
shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, 
in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not 
God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus 
Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruc- 
tion from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory 
of his power. 11 (II Thessalonians 1:6-9) 

"But -these as natural brute beasts, made to be taken 
and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they under- 
stand not, and shall utterly perish In their own cor- 
ruption; and shall receive the reward of unrighteous- 
ness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the 
daytime. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting them- t 
selves with their own deceivings while they feast with 
you." (II Peter 2:12,13) 

"For as much then as the children are partakers of 
flesh and blood, he also himself, took part of the 
same; that through death he might destroy him that had 
the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver 
them who through fear of death were all their lifetime 
subject to bondage." (Hebrews 2:14*15) 

God is righteous in all His works and ways. He does 
the right thing; He makes no mistakes. His right pro- 
cedure towards man whom He righteously created, is and 
will be openly manifest now and at the conclusion of 
this time of mercy and grace, and will clearly show His 
righteousness in His dealings with all mankind. 

"Lo, this only I have found, that God hath made man 
upright; but they have sought out many inventions." 
(Ecclesiastes 7:29) This shows no blame or injustice 
of God in creation, but alludes to an adverse power 
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God vividly shows in giving man the first law, that 
man had free choice , a prerogative God has never taken 
away so long as man lives upon the earthy but after 
death this free choice is taken away. 

Even in the eternities God chose to give the heaven- 
ly beings free choice , and the result was that, headed 
by Satan, many angels did not keep their first estate. 
(Jude 6) 

God ! s righteous judgment stands distinct and vivid 
along the centuries of time: The Flood, Confusion at 
the Tower of Babel, Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, 
Judgment of Pharaoh and Egypt. Deliverance of the 
Children of Israel at the Red Sea, Destroying the 
hosts of the Egyptians. Judgments on Israel for their 
disobedience through the ages. Destroying their temples 
and dispersing them among the nations. The successive 
judgments of nations in their rise and fall up to the 
present. And the future judgments and final judgment 
of all mankind according to His righteous will, God 
r^ will be entirely vindicated against the rebellious sec- 
tion of humanity who live and die delighting in the 
sinful pleasures and actions against God, perverting 
so many opportunities and virtues in debasing ways of 
Satan T s influence. 

" It is a righteous thing; with God to , r ecompe nce 
tribulation* ] " as is quoted at the beginning of the 
writing— and why not? Can man openly rebel against 
God, live in evil disobedience and sin, disregarding 
all that God has done for their salvation? God has 
decreed NO I Man is and must be accountable , and will 
be brought to judgment, 

Jesus says, "But I say unto you that every idle 
word that men shall speak, they shall give account 
thereof in the day of judgment: for by thy x^ords thou 
shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be 
condemned. 11 (Matthew 12:36,37) "Who knowing the judg- 
ment of God, that they which commit such things are 
worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure 
in them that do them. 1 ' (Romans 1:32) 

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the Christian's hands. "For if we judge ourselves, 
we should not be judged. Bat when we are judged, we 
are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be con- 
demned with the world," (II Corinthians 11:31,32) So 
then by judging ourselves we can be chastened and 
accepted of God and "having escaped the corruption 
that is in the world through lust," (II Peter 1:4) 
become victorious and "enter into that rest." (Hebrews 
4:11) 

The righteousness of God is sure; 

The holiness of God is pure; 
He gave to man the holy way 

To free from sin to perfect day. 

The righteousness of God displays 
All knowledge o f man ! s evil ways , 

And He has sent the living cure 
That man be holy, just, and pure. 

That we just yield to His control 
To purify and cleanse our soul; 

For man can now but humbly call 
That he be lifted from the fall. 

For God so loved the world we know 
He gave His Son, from heaven go 

Upon this earth to dwell awhile, 
To see how sinful man and vile, 

Could be to kill the Prince of Life, 
By devil driven and sin gone rife; 

Not. knowing Jesus cannot die, 

Who made the earth, and sea, and sky, 

And man and every living thing 
Upon the earth and on the wing; 

All this in His divine control, 

And does man think to kill His soul? 

No, no, John says, "In Him was life" 

"The light of man" to lead from strife. 



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He came and pointing to the way 
To life and the eternal day. 

The Father gave unto His Son 

Life in Himself, the deed was done; 

Laid down His life upon the cross , 
Refined the gold; gain was in lossi 

• 
And so the righteous Son of God 

Upon the hosts of evil trod; 

Abolished death for you and me 

Because He died on Calvary. 

Was just His body He laid down, 
Now in His hands the golden crown 

Of life , , He holds in victory. 

This crown of life He offers free. 

"Because I live so will you all 
Who are obedient to my call; 

My righteousness, my very own, 

Can lead and guide you to my Throne . 



"And when on earth your life is done 

By overcoming victory won, 
I take you as my very own, 

Be seated by me on my Throne." 

— J. I. Cover 
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CHILDREN'S PAGE 

THE UNKNOWN GOD Acts 17:22-31 

Paul had come to Athens which was a city in the 
country of Achaia, now called Greece* He was teaching 
the Gentile nations about Jesus, (A Gentile was anyone 
who was not a Jew.) Of course Paul taught the Jews who 
lived in Gentile countries, and it was the Jews who 
caused Paul so much trouble. Many of them wanted to 
kill Paul because he taught that Jesus was their Messiah 
whom they had crucified. 

As Paul was walking through Athens, he saw many idols 
that the people of Athens had made. On one of the al- 
tars he noticed a writing that said, "To the unknown 
God. n The people of Athens were the most educated in 
the world at that time. Here were the greatest scholars, 
lawyers and statesmen. Even though the city was filled 
with idols or images, someone had thought that there 
might be a god somewhere that they hadn't recognized, 
so they made an altar the "the unknown God." ^k 

Paul was a very intelligent and educated man, and he 
also knew about the Lord Jesus, Taking advantage of 
their belief in an unknown god, Paul said, "Whom there- 
fore you ignorantly worship, Him declare I unto you.W 
He then taught them how God had made the world and He 
is Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in houses 
made by men; that man was made by Him and that it is 
in Him that we live, move and have our being. It is 
a sign of ignorance that people should think that God 
Is like gold, or silver, or stone made into an image 
by a man, and now God commands men everywhere to repent 
and believe in Jesus, the Son of God, who died on the 
cross and was raised from the dead. 

When the men of Athens heard of the resurrection, 
some made fun of Paul but there were others who believed. 

Paul was a brave man. He wasn't afraid to tell about 
Jesus. Jesus was Paul's best friend. Jesus can be your 
best friend too, if you only believe in Him. 

— Rudy Cover 



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VOL. 18 DECEMBER, 1971 NO. 12 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." 1 Peter 2: 1 1 



NOT IN VAIN HE CAME 

One there was, born in a poor and lowly manger; 
One, spotless and pure, without blemish or stain, 
Who came to earth in the person of a Stranger 
To die for us; and shall His death be in vain? 

'Twas not the least He could do; the Lord extended 
To us that we might life eternal obtain; 
But in the depths of His love He condescended 
To die for us; and shall His death be in vain? 

Searching He found us astray— His sheep neglected— 
Unguarded and scattered o'er mountain and plain; 
He, to redeem us, became despised, rejected, i 
And died for us; and shall His death be in vain? 

Why should the King, in whose hand the mighty ocean 
Reclineth, have sent His own Son to be slain? 
Yet on the altar He laid Him in devotion 
To die for us; and shall His death be in vain? 

No, not in vain He came to earth a Stranger to save me; 
The sacrifice He made alone my debt could pay; 
No, not in vain His life a ransom freely He gave me, 
For now my sins are washed away. 

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THOUGH HE WERE A SON 

He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of 
the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the 
throne of his father David: And he shall reign over 
the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there 
shall be no end, (St. Luke 1:32,33) 

This promise was given to Mary by the angel Gabriel 
concerning the Son she was to bear. How it must have 
thrilled the heart of this faithful, favored young 
Israelite girl. The story of the birth of this pro- 
mised baby Jesus will be repeated many, many times 
this season. It is a sweet story — dear to both young 
and old. It is through the love of our Heavenly Father 
that this birth was possible, and that Jesus came into 
the world. 

This promise that Jesus would be great and would 
. have the throne of David for ever was a continuation 
of the Old Testament prophecies concerning the coming 
King. David was promised a throne and kingdom for 
ever to be ruled by his "seed". II Samuel 7:12,13 
reads: "And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou 
shalt sleep with thy fathers, I vrill set up thy seed 
after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, 
and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build an 
house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of 
his kingdom for ever." This promise could have ful- 
fillment in Solomon and his building the temple. But 
that it also has a greater, farther-reaching promise 
is proven in verse 16: "And thine house and thy king- 
dom shall be established for ever before thee: thy 
throne shall be established for ever." (Spoken to 
King David by Nathan. the prophet.) 

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us a son is given: and the government shall be upon • 
his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, 
Counselled The mighty God, The everlasting Father, 
The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his govern- 
ment and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne 
of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to 
establish It with judgment and with justice from hence- 
forth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts 
will perform this." 

But however lovely is the picture of the Baby in 
the manger, and however glorious the everlasting reign 
of Christ on the throne of David, between these is a 
hideous cross. And without this cross, the rest loses 
meaning. The world today would forget the cross and 
retain only a pretence of honoring the birth of the 
One who came to die there. The modern church would 
ignore the cross, its necessity and the miracle of the 
resurrection of the One who suffered, because to accept 
the cross means to also accept man T s sinfullness and 
his desparate need of a Saviour. To accept the cross 
is to accept Jesus, His blood and His bearing the sin 
of many. 

Jesus came to suffer; He was born to die for sin. 
"Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the 
things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he 
became the author of eternal salvation unto all them 
that obey him." (Hebrews 5:8,9) Simeon saw it right 
when told Mary, "Behold, this child is set for the 
fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a 
sign which shall be spoken against; (Yea, a sword 
shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the 
thoughts of many hearts may be revealed." (Luke 2:34,35) 

Without acknowledging the cross we might just as 
well also ignore His coming. But because of what Jesus 
accomplished at Calvary (atonement for our sins) we 
can truly rejoice in His birth. — L.C. 

There is no name so sweet on earth, 

No name so dear In Heaven, 
As that before His wondrous birth 

To Christ the Saviour given. 



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'Twas Gabriel first that did proclaim, 
To His most blessed mother, 

That name which now and evermore. 
We praise above all other. 

And when He hung upon the tree, 

They wrote His name above Him, 
That all might see the reason we 
Forevermore must love Him. 

So now upon His Father's throne, 

Almighty to relieve us 
From sin and pain, He ever reigns 

The Prince and Saviour Jesus, 



-George W. Bethune 



THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD REVEALED (Iv0. 3) 

"Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of 
flesh and blcod, He also himself likewise took part of 
the same;, that through death he might destroy him that 
had the power of death, that is, the devil, And deli- 
ver them wh^ through fear of death were all their 
lifetime subject to bondage." (Hebrews 2:14,15) 

The former article closes before commenting on these 
verses. The righteousness we see here at work. Satan 
had interfered with God f s work. God created man in 
that perfect body form, but Satan worked subtly on the 
mind of man, who without fully knowing the trajic re- 
sults, disobeyed God and became subject to the sen- 
tence of death. 

Satan was also disobedient to God; he sinned against 
God by tempting man, and in the above verses we see 
Satan 1 s penalty for his disobedience: destruction. 
This complication and work of Satan to deceive man to 
bring death upon him, did not go unnoticed by God. 
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Jesus became a partaker of flesh and blood, and by 
death upon the cross entered into the portals of death 
Himself* He took from Satan the power of death by His 
power invested in Him by God the Father to lay down 
His life and take it again (John 10:18) and has now 
the keys of death and hell. (Revelation 1:18) 

By the voice and decree of Jesus, U A11 that are in 
their graves shall hear His voice , and shall come forth; 
they that have done good unto the resurrection of life: 
and they that have done evil unto the resurrection of 
damnation." (John 5:28,29) "For as in Adam all die, 
even so in Christ shall all be made alive." (I Corin- 
thians 15:22) By the power of Christ shall all be 
freed from the first death. So, we see, God through 
Christ powerfully takes from Satan the power of death 
by raising all from death at the first and second 
resurrections . 

God's righteous judgment does not stop there with 
Satan, but He declares " That through death he might 
destroy him that had the power of death , that is , the 
devil ." 

There is also another revealing of the Lord's work 
of righteousness that is of deep concern for humanity: 
the power of God to give and take away . We read: "For 
whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall 
have more abundance; but whosoever hath not, from him 
shall be taken away even that he hath." (Matthew 13:12, 
25:29, Mark 4:24,25, Luke 8:18 and 19:26) 

A divine truth is taught here that is but halfway 
accepted by most people. They take as matter of fact 
the blessings of the gifts of God, but refuse to admit 
the responsibility of man in receiving the many gifts 
and blessings that help man attain by the Holy Spirit's 
aid a place and station far above the present one. 

"I will praise thee for I am fearfully and wonder- 
fully made; and that my soul knoweth right well." 
(Psalm 139:14) Yes, I think we all more or less real- 
ize how wonderfully God has created us, and given also 
so many helps or gifts to use, useful to us, and a 
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belong entirely to us and could not be taken away? 

Let us analyze the verse quoted from Matthew 13:12: 
For whosoever hath . Jesus says, "He that hath my com- 
mandments and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: 
and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and 
I will love him, and will manifest myself to him." 
(John 14:21) To this class it is evident Jesus is 
speaking when He says, "For whosoever hath*" Then 
this close attachment between Jesus and His followers 
who keep His commandments, allows the Holy Spirit to 
work and promote to good growth and achievements by the 
gifts of God that allows the fulfillment of the next 
part; To him shall be given and he shall have abun- 
dance. This is growing in grace. Next we read, But 
whosoever hath not , or whosoever hath not this close 
union and attachment that permits expansion and 
growth ♦ "Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ 
he is none of his*" (Romans 8:9) This surely has re- 
ference to those outside of Christ. They have not . 
They have not appreciated God* s precious gifts — have 
not used them to the glory of God, but, alas, attempt 
to debase, misuse and belittle the good gifts of God. 
The decree is: Shall be taken away even that he hath . 

In the parable of the talents, the talent that was 
not used was taken away and given to another. (Matthew 
25:28) This part, God's power to take away what He has 
given man, is hidden, put aside, not spoken of and near- 
ly forgotten. But in this we can also see the right- 
eousness of God revealed, the power and prerogative 
of our Creator. God reserves the right to give and 
take away as He has affirmed again and again in these 
five pronouncements in Matthew, Mark and Luke. It is 
our Creator speaking. 

Job, the patient man, realized this long ago when 
he said, "The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away: 
Blessed be the name of the Lord.' 1 (Job 1:21) 

How much does the Lord give? James says, "Do not 
err, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every 
perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the 
Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither 



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shadow of turning." (James 1:16,17) 

How much will He take away? He says, "All he hath / 1 
No evil enters heaven. (Revelation 21:27) The separa- 
tion between good and evil is complete. The cesspool 
of all evil flows into the lake of fire where 'Without 
are dogs, sorcerers, whoremongers , and murderers, and 
idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie." 
(Revelation 22:15) These will be "punished with ever- 
lasting destruction, (II Thessalonians 1:9) and "utter- 
ly perish in their own corruption," (II Peter 2:12) for 
God has said "Depart I" 

"Come ye blessed of my Father/' He says to His own. 

The righteousness of God is shown, 

Known in the Book of ages; 
Where righteousness is fully grown, 

Shown in its sacred pages. 

Our righteousness cannot attain 

Unto the Halls of Glory, 
For we alone life cannot gain; 

It's but a sordid story. 

Vie need the great sustaining power 

To help us unto Heaven, 
To guard and guide us every hour 

Till crown of life is given. 

God's righteousness is ever near; 

We need His powerful aiding 
To walk His pathway without fear 

As our own strength is fading. 

No evil power can full withstand 

Our righteous Leader's going; 
He guides us on the Heave nland, 

To know as we are knowing. 

We trust His righteous living Word, 

His promises are cheering; 
We tell about our living Lord, 

Our lights for Heaven clearing. 



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We want to help' companions dear, 
Our cheer and aid be giving; 

As we keep living year by year. 
May we in virtue living. 

For we just once go by this way, 

The way of no returning, 
And as we come to close of day, 

Let every lamp be burning. 

— J. I. Cover 

Sonora, California 

Next: FROM FAITH TO FAITH. 



THEY DIDN'T KNOW 

He made the world; He came to save the world and 
give men life everlasting, and they didn't know it. 
The Gospel of John says just that; n He was in the world, 
and the world was made by him, and the world knew him 
not. He came unto his own and they received him not. 11 
(John 1:10,11) 

He came but they didn T t know it; He taught in their 
streets but they didn't know Him; He died for their 
sins, but they didn't know; He arose but they didn't 
knew; He has established His kingdom on earth but they 
don ! t know*. 

The Babe born in Bethlehem centuries ago split his- 
tory, and gave the counting of years a new beginning. 
Now even the atheist dates his letters in honor of Him, 

They didn T t knew what was really important then, so 
they missed His coming. Many caravans were traveling 
to Jerusalem — not for religious purposes but for civil 
reasons — to be taxed, and what were the topics of dis- 
cussion? They most likely talked like men do today. 
There were troop movements and the clash of empires, 
ambitious rulers. They talked about crops and about 
markets, camels and oxen (cars and tractors), A woman 
being heavy with child had nothing to. talk about. They 



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didn't know there was no room inside. The people did 
not know what was happening in the stable. The inn- 
keeper, the camel drivers, the merchants, the soldiers, 
how should they have have known that the glory of God 
in a new-born Babe was making history? Even though 
they missed it in His birth , they could have caught it 
in His manhood. But no, Herod's empire mistrusted 
Him; thrones had to stand. The traders whose tables 
were overturned reviled Him, but their trade must go 
on. The religious, leaders whose hypocrisy He had bared, 
laid plans to kill Him. Their religious pride must 
stand. 

But there were some who knew. Mary, Joseph, the 
Sheherds, the wise men, and a few others who had "wait- 
ed for the consolation of Israel 11 knew. 

They didn't know the power of Him that said, "All 
power is given unto me in heaven and in earth." The 
power of empires asking men across the world to be 
registered and taxed, they knew, but the power of one 
who could lay down His life for the redemption of the 
world and take it up again; the power that could over- 
come Satan, death and the grave, that they didn't know. 
The power of the world today almost destroys us, and 
the ever greater preparedness against potential foes 
leaves us worse off and more afraid. But Christ con- 
victs and purges, and our hearts are made glad. He 
alone is strong. 

They had a vague conception of God. They believed 
He would save them,, perhaps by signs, wonders and by 
smiting their enemies by a strong hand. But how can 
the slaying of the wicked ever save a man from his 
sins? They didn't know that "This shall be a sign unto 
you..." a babe lying in a manger. 

He was born a babe — not in full noon-day power, but 
born of a woman of lowly state, He taught, He loved, 
He suffered, and He died, .knowing our sadness and help- 
lessness, 

Why didn't they know? They believed not the pro- 
phets 1 report; they believed not the Shepherds 1 story; 
they believed not what the wise men were saying; they 



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believed not Christ's teaching; they believed not the 
guards 1 story of the tomb. They believed not, there-. 
fore they knew not. 

The people before the flood "knew not until the 
flood came and took them all away," because they did 
not believe Noah's preaching of one hundred and twenty 
years. Jesus prayed on the cross, "Father forgive them 
for they know not what they do. 11 They knew not because 
they did not believe prophecy. To the angel of the 
church of Laodicea it was said, "...and kncwest not 
that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and 
blind, and naked." (Revelation 3:7) 

Do we know? Many people miss the true intent and 
joy of Jesus r birth because they are carnally minded 
in its celebrating. They seek to gratify self, for- 
getting to honor God. Knowledge of God r s Gift to the 
world is decreasing, and unnumbered children today know 
not the real reason for "Christmas." Many Christian 
people are losing vision because they have refused to 
walk in His footsteps. There Is a degree of Ignorance 
among young Christians because parents have failed to 
properly teach or because young people have not believed 
the teaching. When one closes his mind to a thing it 
is like closing your eyes — you can't see; you don't 
know. 

In the dark countries many people do not know be- 
cause no one has told them, but there are many people 
also who do not know because they didn ! t believe the 
story of redemption through Jesus. They have not be- 
lieved the missionaries' message. There are also many 
in the churches who have not believed the teaching of 
the Word. Such ignorance Is inexcusable. 

Christmas celebrations are not producing the desired 
results. Peace and goodwill Is not brought to the 
world by celebrating the day of the birth of Christ 
who is the Prince of Peace. 

May all men heed the stem warning of Jesus: "And 
knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; 
so shall also the coming cf the Son of man be." 

By Reuben Koehn in The Messenger of Truth 



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THE HUMBLE BIRTH 



Christ Jesus was- born in a stable , 
A birthplace of humblest degree , 

So that no one could say, "I am poorer, 
More lacking in comforts then He." 

His mother in swaddling bands wrapped Him, 
The wardrobe of One, the Divine, 

That- no. onecpuld say of His raiment, 

"Christ's garments .were better than mine »" 

His home and His comforts were borrowed, 

No pillow, for resting His head I 
But He lived and suffered and sorrowed 

To give us true comforts instead. 

In glory His wealth had-been boundless; 

He laid all those riches "a'Side, 
That we might have riches' eternal, 

And with Him forever abide. 

Mrs, Frank, A. Breck 

Selected by Alma Garber £rom Family Chat 

Hark, the glad sound L the Saviour comes, 

The Saviour promised long; 
Let every heart prepare a throne, 

And every voice a song* 

He comes,tthe prisoner to release, 

In Satan 1 s bondage held; 
The gates of brass before Him burst 

The iron fetters yield. 

Our glad hosannas, Prince of Peace, 

Thy welcome shall proclaim; 
And heaven's eternal arches ring 

With thy beloved name. 

— Philip Doddridge 



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(This conclusion of the article by James Quinter 
should have appeared in the October issue, but through 
oversight on my part was missed. We present it here 
and refer to the September PILGRIM for the first half*) 

— L.C. 
CHRISTIAN CHARACTER, THE TEST OF GENUINE OBEDIENCE 

(Concluded) 

By James Quinter 

The profound reverence the Jews had for the Mosaic 
lav/., their zeal in obeying it and their efforts to pro- 
selyte others to it, are well known to all who are fami- 
liar with the history of that peculiar people. And yet 
what a great difference there was between what they pro- 
fessed to be and what they really were, between the 
purity of their law and the purity of their lives! 
They apparently lost sight altogether of the moral pow- 
er the law was designed to have upon their lives. What 
a striking contrast there was between the excellency 
of the law as described by David, and the looseness of 
their morals as described by Christ. "The law of the 
Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of 
the lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes 
of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the command- 
ment of the Lord is pare, enlightening the eyes. The 
fear of the Lord is clean enduring for ever: the judg- 
ments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.* 1 
(Psalm 19:7-9) Such was the exalted character attri- 
buted to the law* From the following condemnation pro- 
nounced upon them by Christ, we may infer their charac- 
ter. u ¥oe unto ymu, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! 
for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the 
platter, tmt within they are full of extortion and ex- 
cess. Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which 
is in the cup and platter, that the outside of them may 
be clean also. Woe unto you Scribes and Pharisees, 
hypocrite© i for ye are like whited sepulchres, which 
indeed appear beautiful outward, but within are full 
of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so 
ye also appear outwardly righteous unto men, but with- 



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in ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity ." (hatthew 
23:25-28) With all their obedience to the law, it 
exerted no purifying power over their lives. 

In the case of the young ruler we have a striking 
illustration of the deficiency of the obedience which 
prevailed among the Jews. He was seeking eternal life. 
The Saviour directed him to keep the commandment s, and 
enumerated them as follows: "Thou shalt do nc murder, 
Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, 
Thou shalt not bear false witness, Honor thy father and 
thy mother: and thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. 11 
The young man said unto him, all these things have 1 
kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? Jesus said unto 
him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou 
hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure 
in heaven: and come and follow me." (Matthew 19:18-21) 
It is very evident that, although the young ruler had 
in some d fvept the commandments, he surely had not in a 
proper and evangelical sense obeyed them. Had he pos- 
sessed the spirit of genuine obedience, he never could 
have refused to obey the command that the Saviour gave 
him. When we obey such commands of heaven as are popu- 
lar, honorable, and easy, and refuse to obey what are 
unpopular and mortifying to the flesh, then are we de- 
ceiving ourselves if we think we are obeying any of the 
commandments as we ought to obey them, for surely we are 
not. Now such we are fearful is much of the obedience 
of the mass of Christians at this time. Whatever can 
be done without self-denial, without sacrifice, without 
much labor, and without much trouble, is done, and this 
is about all that is done. And as the obedience ren- 
dered to God is so deficient, the Christian character 
of professing Christians is also very imperfect, be- 
cause such obedience can never purify a soul, and con- 
sequently can never save a soul. Truth is designed to 
form character. And if it is properly applied, or evan- 
gelically obeyed, it will form true and Christian charac- 
ter, and if it does not form our character, this want 
of power in it to do so shows it has not been correct- 
ly obeyed. 

The Bible is kept in many cases but not obeyed. It 



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may be kept in several ways and yet not evangelically 
or savingly obeyed, A beautiful copy of the Scriptures, 
printed and bound in the best style of the times, may 
be procured by some Christian parent and be given as a 
present to his son when leaving home with the advice to 
keep it. It is much admired and not only because of 
its divine authority and reliable character, but also 
because it is the gift of a kind parent, it is highly 
valued. The precious volume is taken and put carefully 
away. The journey is made, and after a long absence, 
the' son returns. After the ordinary greetings are over, 
and a number of inquiries made, the beautiful Bible is 
inouired about. It is brought forward, and there is not 
a soil on its snow white pages, neither is its beauty 
in the least marred. The son seems to take pleasure 
in presenting it in such a perfect condition. But the 
father looks surprised and remarks to the son, "Tour 
Bible does not seem to have been used much." n 0h, n 
says the son, "I was afraid I would soil it, and you 
charged me to keep it and take good care of it. 11 "Yes," 
continues the father, "but I wished you to read it and 
understand it and make it the guide of your life and 
the jey of your heart, l! Now this is the way the Bible 
is too often kept. It is apparently respected and per- 
haps reverenced, and highly valued but not obeyed. 

Perhaps in the great day of judgment the Bible will 
be fwmd in the possession of many in the condition it 
was found in the case of the young man in our illustra- 
tion. It will be found wrapped up in a "napkin." And 
many may tell of their esteem for the Holy Book, how 
they gave their money and their labor to spread it among 
the people; others may tell of their zeal in defending 
it against the attacks of infidels; others again may as 
an evidence of their faith in it, declare that they ac- 
cepted it as their only confession of faith, and received 
into their system of Christian practice all the holy 
precepts contained in it. But no reverence alone for 
the Bible, however great that may have been, no labors 
to defend it however powerful they may have been, and 
no simple reception of it as our confession of faith 
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its reouirements will justify in that day and secure 

to us the plaudit: "Well done good and faithful servant , 

enter thou into the joys of thy Lord. 11 

When it is said, "Blessed are they that do his com- 
mandments, that they may have right to the tree of life 
and may enter in through the gates into the city," we 
presume the right alluded to will not consist in the 
mere doing of the commandments, but in the moral charac- 
ter and fitness for the enjoyment of life which the sin- 
cere and proper obedience to the commandments produces. 

Dear reader, it is highly important that you obey 
the commandments. But rest in no obedience that does 
not produce a Christian character. Beloved brethren, 
permit us to urge the subject upon your serious consi- 
deration* We accept the commandments of Christ without 
any exception and have them all embodied in our Chris- 
tian system. We rejoice that this is our holy profes- 
sion. But have we purified our souls in obeying the 
truth? Here is the great matter. Do we experience a 
power in believing and obeying, the gospel? Remember 
the encouraging promises, "They that wait upon the Lord 
shall renew their strength; they shall mount up -with 
wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and 
they shall walk and not faint." (Isaiah 40:31) Now do 
we experience such effects by waiting upon the Lord and 
by obeying his commandments? If our obedience is right, 
it will produfce character — Christian character — a Christ- 
like character. And this should be our great object. 
Let us endeavor from time to time to cultivate the mind 
that was in Jesus. Let us be sure that we have the 
spirit of obedience and the blessed effects of obedi- 
ence — a Christian life and temper as well as obedience 

itself • Selected by Daniel F. Wolf 

CHILDREN'S PAGE (Continued) 

with the people and told them, "If you are going to 
bring a matter against anyone, it will have to be done 
in a lawful assembly." 

Paul, was determined to teach the people about Jesus, 
and God used a sensible man to protect him and his com- 
panions- Diana was only a dead idol. —Rudy Cover 



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' CHILDREN'S FAGE 
DIANA OF THE EPHESIANS Acts 19:19-41 



Wherever the Apostle Paul went he taught the people 
about Jesus. At the city of Ephesus, Paul stayed for 
over two years. And many believed on the Lord, It 
was at Ephesus where the people brought their books of 
witchcraft and idol worship and burned them, The cost 
of the books amounted to fifty thousand pieces of sil- 
ver. These people were really convinced that Jesus 
was their Saviour* 

Ephesus was a very large city at that time* It was 
a great trading- center with a seaport where boats would 
come and go bringing many luxuries to trade with the 
Ephesians. At this great city was the temple of the 
idol goddess, Diana. It was built so magnificently 
and of such costly material that it was one of the 
seven wonders of the world. Many people worshipped 
this idol and the silversmiths of Ephesus made many 
shrines and images of the temple and the goddess Diana 
to sell to the people. So popular had this idol. become 
that many would buy the silver images in hope that they 
would bring them good luck. The craftsmen were waxing 
rich ever the tr«rie in idol images. 

Paul had converted so many people in Ephesus that 
the sale of the silver images began to grow less and 
less. Demetrius, a leader of the silversmiths, grew 
very concerned about this as he and his fellow smiths 
made their living this way. Galling a meeting of the 
silversmiths, he informed them that Paul was behind all 
of their trouble because he preached that there are no 
gods which are made with hands. "And not only our 
craft is in danger but also that the temple of the 
great goddess Diana should be despised." 

This caused the men to become angry at Paul, and 
they cried, "Great is Diana of the Ephesians." 

The whole city was filled with confusion, and they 
caught two of Paul's companions and took them into a 
theatre. The town clerk who was a just man reasoned 

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